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Verse
Patricia Barber
Verse
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Patricia Barber has made enough breakout albums to be brought up on charges. Her career, not to mention her music, has been like a giant rainbow arcing eternally upward with bursts of bright giddy colors and dark moody ton...  more »

     
   
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All Artists: Patricia Barber
Title: Verse
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Blue Note Records
Release Date: 8/27/2002
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Swing Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Bebop, Vocal Pop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724353985622

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Patricia Barber has made enough breakout albums to be brought up on charges. Her career, not to mention her music, has been like a giant rainbow arcing eternally upward with bursts of bright giddy colors and dark moody tones. But like her last album, Nightclub, and before that Companion and Modern Cool, this is the one that will bring her a bigger audience. The difference here is that this is the singer-pianist's first album of all original songs. With Dave Douglas dancing his trumpet around her witty and literate tales, these 10 scholarly vignettes are reminiscent of the way the great Cole Porter educated his listeners while thoroughly twisting the English language in an irresistibly entertaining way. "I Could Eat Your Words" is about philosophy, cooking, and falling in love with your college professor. In it she somehow can "suck the salt from erudition, drink remorse like a cabernet, sweeten with equivocation" and still swing. Many singers would still be stuck on "erudition" while Barber--all sly, darkly slick, and witty--continues to compose from a high artistic perch. Mentioning David Hockney, Edward Hopper, and Goya in the text of "If I Were Blue," and Baudelaire in "You've Gotta Go Home," ain't no easy trick. --Mark Ruffin

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Perfection
Alex Milkin | Russia | 12/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Best ever lyrics. Best ever JAZZ. Best ever performance! Period! Perfect excuse for 2000 "Night Club" which was aimed at larger audience but was not up to the standards ,she already set with "Modern Cool","Companion". "Night Club " was too mainstream ,too sweet ,D.Krall alike background music. This ingenious album sets new heights for the contemporary jazz! As French don't deserve their Paris, Americans don't deserve such a talent as Patricia Barber ."
What Fun
Charles Serrano | Lompoc, California USA | 01/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am surprised and disapponted by any negative review related to this album. Critics claim pretention on her part but I find this inconceivable. Patrica Barbaer is the real thing. She has cultivated her style, feeling and sense of music for years in Chicago's Green Mill. She is approachable, interesting and a very serious musician; in other words, pretention is the last thing one can say about her. If you have trouble with the lyrics, get a dictionary and learn some vocabulary. If you find the music stand-offish, buy a better stereo or better yet take some time to hear her. You will discover a very engaged artist who communicates well to her audience.As far as I am concerned this is an essential jazz recording and deserves every bit of critical support it has received. Congradulations Miss Barber and I hope to hear you again soon in Chicago."
An Adventurous Excursion
Charles Serrano | 11/25/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Many people will dismiss this effort as pretentious and wordy. Too diffucult, not a swinger, etc., etc. To do so is to miss the point by a mile. Great artists take risks, and they should be applauded for their efforts. "Verse" requires the listener to free himself of pre-conceived ideas. To open up and to let the words and music sink in. With each playing, it will become more and more obvious, that Patricia Barber has dug deep inside her self, and come up with a totally unique idea coupled with interpretations that only she could have pulled off.Listen to Mahler's 6th, or 9th, for the first time. Tell me it was an "easy" experience! Keep listening again and again, and you will hear the essence of genius. THAT is what "verse" is like.I do not want to single any one track out. Form your own opinions as to which ones affect you the most. Keep your mind and your ears open, and you will be transported into the psyche of a true original: Patricia Barber."