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A key element of Fire Dance is the marvelous use of vocal overdubs. As many as 16 tracks on some pieces, ranging from bass to soprano – all sung by Beata in old-school style. No technological shortcuts, no gimmicks… just plain old-fashioned vocal virtuosity – not for its own sake, but woven intrinsically into the musical context of her sumptuous vision.

Although Beata is in the creative forefront of jazz vocal expression, there is a significant World Music influence here, along with some rich doses of R&B. The rhythmic thrust calls to mind the fiery exoticism of Middle Eastern, North African and Eastern European improvisational folk forms, defying category. A major part of this comes from Beata’s utterly unique wordless vocal style, impeccable in its intonation and as fluidly rhythmic as a wind instrument – sometimes serpentine like a shenai or oboe, sometimes as dulcet as an alto flute, and others as warmly beguiling as a muted trumpet – as she soars, dives, coils and shimmers inside, around and through the music. For Beata Pater, Fire Dance is another step in a life journey of totally singular and profound expression.

Fire Dance on the Radio

KCRWLos Angeles, CA
Pure Jazz RadioNew York City/Online
Radio KrakowKrakow, PL
Noc z JedynkąPolish Radio One, Warsaw
Jazz with Greg BridgesSyndicated
Hawaii Public RadioHonolulu, HI
KKCRPrinceville, HI
WWOZNew Orleans, LA
KCSBSanta Barbara, CA
KVLUBeaumont, TX
Bay FM 100.3Brisbane, Australia
KZSUStanford, CA
KZSCSanta Cruz, CA
Jazz and Blues Tour RadioThe Netherlands
WORTMadison, WI
KUCIIrvine, CA
CHMR*St Johns, NF
CJAMWindsor, ON
WRBCLewiston, ME
WDPSDayton, OH
WUEVEvansville, IN
WWUHHartford, CT
WWSPStevens Point, WI
KASUArkansas State Univ
WJSUJackson, MS
KSERSeattle, WA
KAOSOlympia, WA
KEUL*Girdwood, AK
WEFTChampaign, IL
WVPRColchester, VT
WSIEEdwardsville, IL
WMSEMilwaukee, WI
WVIAPittston, PA
KABFLittle Rock, AR
KHSUArcata, CA
KVNFPaonia, CO
KDNKCarbondale, CO
WRTC*Hartford, CT
WUNHDurham, NC
WBGUBowling Green, OH
KEOLLa Grande, OR
KUSDVermillion, SD
WUMDNorth Dartmouth, MA
WICNWorcester, MA
WCUWWorcester, CO
WGVUGrand Rapids, MI
WHFRDearborn, MI
WTJUCharlottesville, NC
WCVERichmond, VA
Jazz from the GalleryOnline
WRIRRichmond, VA
KUNMAlbuquerque, NM
WGXCHudson, NY
WMHBWaterville, ME
* indicates top 10

Beata Pater – vocal
Sam Newsome – soprano sax
Anton Schwartz – tenor sax
Aaron Lington – baritone sax
Scott Collard – keys
Aaron Germain – bass
Alan Hall – drums
Brian Rice – percussion

Label: B&B Records
Artist: Beata Pater
Title: Fire Dance
Catalog Number: BB0421
UPC Code: 826049000098
Media Release Date: February 28, 2017

Recording info

Produced by Beata Pater
All compositions by Alex Danson
Mix and Mastering Engineer – Dan Feiszli
Recording Engineer – Dan Feiszli
Recording Engineer – Mike Gibson
Recording Engineer – John Davis
Cover Photo – Jacqueline Amparo
Executive Producer – Mike Gibson

Tracks from Fire Dance