Label: B&B Records
1. CURSE OF THE LOCUSTS 5:55 - 2. DAYLIGHT SAVING 5:01 - 3. SAND DUNES 4:15 - 4. HARVEST SEASON 4:37 - 5. FIRE DANCE 4:56 - 6. THE PRINCESS 7:26 - 7. ROUND DANCE 4:12 - 8. FLASH BACK 7:08 - 9. THE QUEST 4:55 - 10. REAPING SPELL 4:57 - 11. RITUAL 4:20
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BEATA PATER vocals - SAM NEWSOME soprano sax - ANTON SCHWARTZ tenor sax - AARON LINGTON baritone sax - SCOTT COLLARD keys - AARON GERMAIN bass - ALAN HALL drums - BRIAN RICE percussion
Fire Dance received four stars from Downbeat and was included in their "Top Albums of 2017" year end review. In her relentless pursuit of innovative brilliance, Beata Pater has this rule. “True artistry demands that we always challenge ourselves, never look for an easy route, work hard and thoroughly enjoy the process. There is no other way for me.” This is vividly reflected on Fire Dance. Always heavily involved in the production of her recordings, on Fire Dance she has taken it a good deal further, controlling the process from start to finish, supervising every aspect of the production in and out of the studio, from conceptual inception through the mixing and mastering. First, she engaged composer/pianist Alex Danson to create 11 original compositions, with Beata infusing the colors, textures and contextual vision upon the structure and framework. Then she selected 7 remarkable musicians to develop the music into a most captivating anthology of vividly cinematic excursions. A key element of the concept was 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.
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