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Modern Cool Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Premonition
  • ASIN: B00026WTVA
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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1. Touch of Trash
2. Winter
3. You & The Night & The Music
4. Constantinople
5. Light My Fire
6. Silent Partner
7. Company
8. Let It Rain
9. She's A Lady
10. Love, put on your faces
11. Postmodern Blues
12. Let It Rain - Vamp

Product Description

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tony on March 26 2003
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Auroma on June 4 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was really dissapointed at the direction Jazz Music was takin especially in the early 90's. Contemprorary jazz seemed nothing better than elevator music and the few good jazz artists and bands floating around only stuck to covers of old time great jazz tunes....And then i heard this CD. I was completely blown away at the sheer genius of this music. This cd is the very essence of cutting edge modern jazz..the kind of jazz that does not blindly immitate the original masters. Patricia Barber has taken inspartion from Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Nat King Cole and Shirly Horn and created a unique style that is hers and her's alone. The music gives you a sense of vastness and confinement at the same time while takin the you on a futuristic journey into total musical bliss. Almost all the music on this Cd is written by Barber herself. The lyrics..which she has also written herself are nothing shot of beautiful deep and meaningful poetry. Through her music and lyrics Patricia Barber conveys a vast array to emotions ranging from love to heartbreak to anger to sprituality to sarcasm. I actually had the chance to see her perform live in Chicago. I was totally taken aback by the power of her music. I just cannot understand why Dianna Krall is so popular and she is not. I will pick her any day over Krall. Barber is not afraid to take risk and push her music on to uncharted waters and she does all that withought raping the souls of the legends who made Jazz what it is today. Listen to Patricia Barber...and you will will know what realy Jazz sound like today..dont be left under the shadow of commercialism and safety...take chance...a whole new world will open for you to enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ROGER L. FOREMAN on Oct. 12 2001
Format: Audio CD
When Patricia Barber can do so much more with a song than Krall does? In light of Krall's new CD garnering headlines, photo shoots, and talk, I thought it was time to give Barber the props she so richly deserves. This is the jazz vocal CD I reach for when I want something edgy, "push-the-envelope," and/or a bit unsettling---not just smooth (or "smooth"), slick, and overproduced. . . . "Touch of Trash," the opener, is a perfect example of that edgy, unsettling sound that she so naturally exudes. "Winter," with its 7/4 time signature, is one of those "this doesn't feel quite exactly right" kind of songs that challenges your brain not to relax too much. The use of e. e. cummings' poetry is very cool to me as a high school English teacher (I play this song to my juniors every year). She takes a song like "Light My Fire" and goes places with it that the Doors never intended (nor could have done). Her piano skills should not be overlooked, either.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Bruner on 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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