Modern Cool CD (2004)

Artist: Patricia Barber

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Product Overview


Label Koch Entertainment
SKU 61007135
UPC 099923574026
UPC 14 00099923574026
Format CD
Release Date 6/8/2004
Author Patricia Barber
Technical Info
Engineer Jim Anderson
Producer Patricia Barber
CatalogID 5740
Lable Name Koch (USA)
Released 06/08/2004
Original Release 1998
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 67m : 47s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00099923574026
Musical Guests
Mark Walker
Jeff Stitely Quartet
Dave Douglas
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Patricia Barber (vocals, piano, sound effects); Dave Douglas (trumpet); John McLean (guitar); Jeff Stitely (udu); Michael Arnopol (bass); Mark Walker (drums, percussion); Choral Thunder Vocal Choir (background vocals).
Recorded at Chicago Recording Company, Studio 5, Chicago, Illinois from January 6-9 & February 26, 1998.
The husky-voiced Patricia Barber is perhaps the most intellectually ambitious of mainstream jazz singers. She writes much of her material and, in 2006, released a whole album based on Ovid's METAMORPHOSES! MODERN COOL (1998) is also one of her most musically adventurous albums, made up primarily of ambitious, finely played (and sung) originals--like the trend-watching opener, "Touch of Trash," and the exotic-flavored "Constantinople," which features Cassandra Wilson-like wordless vocals in addition to avant-trumpet star Dave Douglas and Jeff Stitley on the African udu. Not to neglect the old songbook, Barber also includes a few eclectically chosen covers: Arthur Schwartz's "You and the Night and the Music" done rock-guitar style, a tasty "Light My Fire," and a fun and funky "She's a Lady."
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (10/16/98, p.89) - "...Barber mixes Cassandra Wilson's spare stylings and k.d. Lang's suave gender play with smart originals and surprising arrangments..." - Rating: A-
Down Beat (9/98, p.49) - Stars (out of 5) - "...MODERN COOL has everything that made CAFE BLUE special: original songs...outside-the-box choices for covers from the popular repertoire; spare, sleek, telling arrangements by Barber's working of the best recordings made of a jazz singer with small acoustic ensemble..."
Disc 1
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 - (with Vamp)
Product Attributes
Artist Barber,Patricia
Label Koch Imports
Music Format Compact Disc
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