Label: B&B Records
01. Afro Blue (Mongo Santamaria) - 4:40 02. 3/4 (Pater) - 4:24 03. West Wind (Little) - 4:31 04. Freedom Song (Little) - 4:03 05. Groove Ensemble (Pater/Little) - 3:00 06. Southbound Train (Komeda) - 2:24 07. Mr. Tad (Pater/Little) - 4:24 08. Rokminoff (Little) - 3:59 09. No Go Sleep (Komeda) - 6:17 10. The Little Prince (Pater/Little) - 6:22 11. Fly Strip (Pater/Little) - 5:32 12. Sludgekee (Pater/Little) - 6:17 13. Blue in Green (Miles Davis) - 4:16
Additional Personnel / Information
Beata Pater (voce); Mark Little (piano, Hammond B3); John Evans (basso); Scott Foster (chitarra); Renzel Merritt (batteria); Celia Malheiros (percussioni); Josh Jones (percussioni); Darius Babazadeh (sax, flauto); Mikole Kaar (sax, flauto, clarinetto); Carl Roessler (didgeridoo); David Sturdevanz (armonica).
Blue, her fifth solo recording, is the second installment of the internationally acclaimed vocalist's color series collaboration with pianist/composer Mark Little. The project teaming the Polish born virtuoso singer with the veteran piano man from Texas, which began with the 2006 release of Black, takes on a new and exciting character with Blue. The former date symbolized a beginning - rich, dark soils from which life springs with modern, edgy, interpretations of timeless classics from the Great American Songbook that revealed Beata's traditional jazz roots, displaying her rhythmic acuity and fine tuned control of tonality, solidly placing her in the lineage of great songstresses, such as Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter and Shirley Horn. On Blue she takes what was first developed on Black in different direction, eschewing the words of lyrics for a freer sound centered around her uncanny ability to achieve emotional depth through the melodic manipulation of rhythm and pitch.
- Blue by AAJ Italy Staff