Modern Cool Import
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Chicago pianist and vocalist Patricia Barber is making lots of ears burn. Her torch song touch speaks volumes to jazz vocal fanatics, but she has an adventuresome side that speaks likewise to fans of woollier jazz. Barber's vocal delivery is swaggering and burnished, always angling against oddball time signatures and often dropping weird lyrical science. From e.e. cummings poems, Barber moves into prescient observations on our society: "For company in the 21st century," she sings, "I go to the club, talk through the show / I'm so hip there's nothing about jazz / That I don't know." Trumpeter Dave Douglas and guitarist John McLean add a sharp edge, and the Choral Thunder Vocal Choir give Modern Cool soul-drenched dynamics that push the CD into the realm of instant classics. --Andrew Bartlett --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is not a CD of standards, classics, or tributes. This is not a CD of smooth, easy listening, radio-friendly tunes. Barber is not a JVC Jazz Festival kind of artist. This is not a CD you want to try to listen to and appreciate while driving to work. It is a complicated, unique, evocative, intimate, challenging collection of songs that Barber delivers with a passion matched by virtually no one (Cassandra Wilson and Shirley Horn would be her main competitors in my collection).
If you like your jazz "smooth" and want to see a set of legs on the side, buy Diana Krall's new CD (or one of her old ones from me. . .). If you want to be put out of your comfort zone for an hour or so, you'll find that MODERN COOL pays off big time.Read more ›
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smooth, silky, jazz with a couple of classic tunes that Patricia puts her personal touch on. Sonics of the recording are incredible.....this is a reference CD all the way. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Terry
From the first track to the very end Patricia Barber has your utmost attention.
Well produced excellent recording that will give you hour and hours of enjoyment.
This is chill to the max. Mellow, but mournful. Easy but DEEP.
It sounds AMAZING on SACD.
I though MFSL was a load a crap, then I heard this.
I'm a believer. . . Read more
This album is incredible! Give it a spin--just try the on-line samples here at Amazon. You'll be hooked in within two bars of "Touch of Trash. Read morePublished on May 30 2003 by Jack Repenning
I can't tell what I like best: the vocals, the audio quality or the songs. So where's that leave things? Simply put, this is an altogether splendid CD. Read morePublished on April 3 2003 by D. Sean Brickell
It is the best of times, it is the worst of times, when Patricia Barber invites us into her "Winter" of discontent. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2002 by Vincent J. Mulvihill
Listening to Patricia Barber is in many ways like reading a novel by a superb fiction writer. Once you're done with their book, you simply can't pick up any old thing to read next,... Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2002 by wonder-d