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Modern Cool [Import]

Patricia Barber Audio CD
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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


Barber mixes Cassandra Wilson's spare stylings and k.d. lang's suave genre play with smart originals... -- Entertainment Weekly

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing ! April 23 2014
By Barry
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - A Modern Classic Jan. 21 2001
Format:Audio CD
I also own Nightclub and Companion, and they're both great, too, but I've been listening to this one quite a lot in the past two months or so, and it hasn't yet ceased to amaze me. I feel like I need to listen closely 5-10 more times to even begin to appreciate all the nuances. In my opinion, in 50 years we'll see Barber as one of the greats of our time. She is amazingly well rounded -- her voice, pianio playing, composition, arrangements and lyrics are all masterly. Her voice is lovely, her vocal phrasing and Monk-like toying with melody are extremely sophisticated, and unlike most singers who accompany themselves, her piano chops are with the best. Her dark, sardonic mood blends the best of classic blues and jazz with a contemporary approach that out-classes Cassandra Wilson. I'm most impressed on this album w/ her own compositions -- their enchanting lyricism and tight, clever modern melodies -- particularly Company, Let It Rain and Post Modern Blues. Well balanced w/ standards and contemporary covers, including Light My Fire and She's a Lady. Please buy this record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aptly titled future Jazz Classic! Oct. 20 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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. . . WHAT else they got?
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Format:Audio CD
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." The poetry's inventive, the music sensuous, ambiguous, always dancing from admiration to competition. Then spin another track--it'll be totally different, equally compelling, addictive.
This album has been #1 on my "Desert Island List" since I bought it several years ago. Why? (1) Because it's so good, I can't get enough of it, and yet (2) because it's so intricate, I find new things every time I listen, and most of all (3) because even after practically wearing it out, there are new questions, things I'm not sure I fully understand and appreciate.
You'll love it in two bars. You'll still be learning it in two decades!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Listen, really listen April 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. SACD is, of course worth the additional cost if sonics mean anything to you. Not to take anything from Ms. Barber's fine songwriting, but her intrepretation of The Doors's classic "Light My Fire" really does just that for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars showcase sacd March 26 2003
By Tony
Format:Audio CD
If you have been wondering about the hype about SACD and need convincing and you like cool jazz, this disc is for you. Patricia Barber has been making superb jazz cd's for years, musically interesting and breaking new bounds and always well recorded. While the CD version of Modern Cool is in my books a 9 out of 10, the SACD takes it up to an even better level. Great dynamics,a soundstage that is three dimensional and if you play this late at night, Patricia is right there in the room with you. Multi-channel is not for everybody and for the crowd that has reservations about 5.1 mixing, the 2 channel stereo is stunning with presence and magic. Get this sacd and you will use it to showcase your system.
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Format:Audio CD
It is the best of times, it is the worst of times, when Patricia Barber invites us into her "Winter" of discontent. And discontent is the main currency of "Modern Cool": lovers hide from view ("Silent Partner"), razor-blade women mask, market and manipulate ("Touch of Trash"); meanwhile, the artistic world collapses like a house of postcards from the Museum of Contemporary Art ("Postmodern Blues"). Aided by Michael Arnopol, who deftly changes the upright bass from a solid into a liquid before your very ears, and the broken glass guitar phrases of John McLean, it is a harsh world out there and perhaps an even harsher world in here. Modern cool, indeed.
One can almost see this disc as the story of a character who roams the shadows of Orwell's "1984", but has found the methodology not to meet the same fate as Winston. The Doors' raucous "Light My Fire" survives in this world, albeit as a plaintive whisper/prayer, a feeling echoed in "Silent Partner". Peace is found in far and few corners - "Let It Rain", with another grand chorus backing Patricia's dramatic vocals, "You & the Night & The Music", and the wordless yet free "Constantinople." Biting wit breaks up the gloom and doom: "Postmodern Blues" and "Company" are wry - though occasionally self-important - and complex in their modern cool pictures.
The allusions to Dickens and Orwell are not coincidental. Patricia Barber is an author in her own right - she simply uses a piano instead of a pen. In many cases, one does not even need the lyrics (sharp as they are) to have the picture painted.
One suspects "Modern Cool" drained Barber somewhat, as she would follow up this tremendous album with two 'easier' releases - a short-ish live CD and a cover version disc - neither of which (intentionally?
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Format:Audio CD
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, because it won't hold up to the comparison. Similarly, if I listen to "Modern Cool" and then put on music by other modern female jazz artists that I do enjoy (I won't name names), they sound like little girls in comparison. "Modern Cool" is stimulating and edgy without being overwhelming or inaccessible. This is music by a woman who is obviously whip-smart and a great observer of and participant in the human experience.
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