Genre: Jazz
Label: Premonition


Patricia Barber Modern Cool Master Quality Reel To Reel Tape (2 Reels)

Patricia Barber

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Master Quality Reel To Reel Tape!
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Positive Feedback 2020 Writer's Choice Award Winner!

Premonition Records announces the release of its sixth R2R Master Tape Series release, Patricia Barber - Modern Cool. Following Premonition's R2R of Patricia Barber's Cafe Blue, Nightclub, Companion, and Verse, and Von Freeman's The Great Divide, Patricia Barber's Modern Cool seemed a natural.

Upon its original release in 1998, Modern Cool received a rare 5 Star review from DownBeat, was called "one of the 100 best jazz records of the century" by Germany's AUDIO Magazine and was named a Stereophile "Recording of The Month." On Modern Cool, Ms. Barber once again relies on her chillingly gorgeous voice and on her continually evolving depth of vision, which makes songs fresh, incisive and as attuned to her time as Jung, Hemingway and Miles Davis were to their own.

Thomas Conrad of Stereophile wrote of Ms. Barber, "If you have a voice that's a pure whisper straight up from the soul, and if you've lived it yourself, you can sing to people of their innermost anxieties and they will not only love it, they will need it."

That's Patricia Barber and that's Modern Cool.

Each tape is copied directly from the digital master file created by Doug Sax to a custom-built Sony APR 5003 tape recorder, mounted on custom supports, employing special wiring and AC conditioning. Each tape is recorded, one at a time, to 1/4" half-track stereo, at 15ips IEC.

** It is standard practice in all recording studios to keep the tape "tail out". This reduces "pre-echo" and it means that the tape should be placed on the right hand side of the recorder, re-wound and then played.

Patricia Barber's 1998 release Modern Cool is now available on 15 ips reel-to-reel tape. Yes, Modern Cool was originally recorded using a Sony 3348 32-track 16/48 digital recorder and directly mixed down by Jim Anderson to 2-track, ½-inch tape. No matter - and like Barber's five earlier tape reissues - Modern Cool just really struts its stuff on tape. These dupes were made from a 24/192 master by Jonathan Horwich for Premonition Records. Modern Cool features mostly original Barber compositions with the addition of Dave Douglas on trumpet to her group. (Check out his playing on 'Love, Put On Your Faces' or 'Constantinople.') Modern Cool has a huge soundstage heard to best effect on 'Love, Put on Your Faces' with the Choral Thunder Vocal Choir bringing a new dimension both musically and sonically to this Barber recording. 'Constantinople' really shows off the recording's low end snap and extension. And of course Barber ends Modern Cool with her unique, utterly feminine rendition arrangement of The Doors 'Light My Fire.' Don't let this recording's digital origin dissuade you from adding this tape to your collection!
-Myles Astor, Positive Feedback, 2020 Writer's Choice Award For Reissued Recordings: Jazz, 15 ips reel-to-reel tape


  • Master Quality Reel To Reel Tape
  • 2-Reels
  • Recorded and mixed by Jim Anderson
  • Mastered by Doug Sax
  • Tape duplication by Jonathan Horwich of International Phonograph, Inc. (IPI)
  • Each tape copied directly from the digital master file created by Doug Sax
  • Each tape recorded one at a time to 15ips IEC, 1/4" half-track stereo
  • Over 65 minutes of music, the entire original album
  • Packaged in ATR Magnetics black cardboard boxes
  • Color labels
  • Color insert


Patricia Barber piano, vocal, table knives on strings
Michael Arnopol bass
John McLean guitar
Mark Walker drums, percussion, prepared kit, tin can-o-phone
Dave Douglas trumpet
Jeff Stitely udu ("Constantinople")
Choral Thunder Vocal Choir ("Love, Put On Your Faces")


  1. Touch Of Trash
  2. Winter
  3. Let It Rain
  4. Company
  5. Silent Partner
  6. Light My Fire
  7. You & The Night & The Music
  8. Love, Put On Your Faces
  9. She's A Lady
  10. Constantinople
  11. Postmodern Blues
  12. Let It Rain - Vamp

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