Having joined the throngs of fans of Beata Pater and reviewing her previous albums BLUE and RED and GOLDEN LADY you’d think the wonders of this artist’s voice and talent would not surprise. But that is simply not the case. Beata Pater has taken a delightful turn into another sublime direction with FIRE DANCE. She returns to the luxury of a backup ensemble to create an enthralling gem of an album, filled with emotional intensity and rich lyricism.
Beata Pater is a Polish born international jazz star, but a star with her own language of music. Classically trained as a violinist in the Music Academy of Warsaw, Pater understands rhythm, pitch, the vocalise, and the juxtaposition of musical lines better than many of our finest classical musicians, and yet she employs all of these traits to her unique gifts as a jazz singer. Rather than concentrating on lyrics Pater instead puts her abilities to the test of communicating a song’s meaning through simply using her rather incredible instrument of a voice to produce musical lines instrumentally. She is one unique artist. She has the most creative expanse of musical sounds she can create simply with using her voice to stretch where others dare not go. The result is an aural experience like no other. The voice here becomes the lead instrument challenging her fellow musicians to ride as high as she dares to go.
The ensemble is Beata Pater – vocals, Sam Newsome – soprano sax, Anton Schwartz – tenor sax, Aaron Lington – baritone sax, Scott Collard – keys, Aaron Germain – bass, Alan Hall – drums, and Brian Rice – percussion.
The tracks are Curse of the Locust, Daylight Savings, Sand Dunes, Harvest Season, Fire Dance, The Princess, Round Dance, Flash Back, The Quest, Reaping Spell, and Ritual.
Different shade, different hues, Beata extends the possibilities of the human voice.
by Grady Harp, Amazon