Patricia Barber The Cole Porter Mix on Numbered Limited-Edition 180-gram 2-LP Set from Mobile Fidelity!
The Sound on Half-Speed Mastered Double Vinyl Set Will Make You Swoon!
Sumptuous 2008 Album Celebrates Timeless Pop Classics
Move over, Ella Fitz and Ol Blue Eyes. Theres a new standout interpreter of classic pop songs in town. Yes, Patricia Barbers The Cole Porter Mix belongs on the same level of amazing as the work of the 20th centurys most famous singers. Barbers attention to detail, exploration of lyrical meaning, and rejuvenation of familiar tunes that, in her grasp, now sound new again, are that good.
The singular singer & pianist Patricia Barber last put her distinct stamp on a collection of standards with her acclaimed 2000 release Nightclub. On the heels of Mythologies, her ambitious song cycle based on Greek mythology - Barber delivers The Cole Porter Mix, a stunning celebration of the great Cole Porter's songbook. The album features Barber's longtime quartet & special guest saxophonist Chris Potter on such Porter classics as "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Just One of Those Things", "What Is This Thing Called Love", and "Miss Otis Regrets."
The Cole Porter Mix is more about the song than how one develops and arrives at an arrangement. Theres no high-arch poetry here, just sumptuous melodies and subtle rhythmic devices. Solo saxophone flights by guest Chris Potter and understated guitar work by longtime Barber foil Neal Alger fill the arrangements with an ideal balance of grit and grace. Factor in Barbers erotic tones, playful humor, and fine piano playing, and this set of pop standards is love at first listen.
But like all great jazz artists, Barber in The Cole Porter Mix has brought her own vision to the music at hand, and in so doing she has reinvented works that we might have thought we already knew. If the first line of credit goes to Porter, for having penned lyrics and melodies that withstand constant re-examination, Barber has met the man on his own terms. In effect, she radically has reworked familiar music without crushing the spirit of the originals, a significant achievement. Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune, September 2008
And now, that achievement sounds just absolutely brilliant. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on quiet slabs of 180-gram vinyl, Mobile Fidelitys two-LP edition of The Cole Porter Mix will rival the best-sounding vocal records in your collection. Realizing how crucial Barbers distinctive phrasing, soft-spoken expressions, and intimate timbre are to the material, MoFi engineers did everything to ensure that every last microtone and microdetail of this close-up recording comes through cleanly, clearly, and accurately.
"...her gripping interpretations and propulsive piano playing are among the great wonders of contemporary music." - Los Angeles Times
"Sonically and musically, she creates a dramatic, intimate atmosphere." - Greg Cahill, The Absolute Sound, October 2008, Issue 185
Check out these other Barber titles on Mobile Fidelity 180g Vinyl! Verse (MFSL 2-45007) & Mythologies (MFSL 2-318).
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1. Easy to Love
2. I Wait for Late Afternoon and You
3. I Get a Kick Out of You
4. You're The Top
5. Just One of Those Things
7. C'est Magnifique
8. Get Out of Town
9. I Concentrate On You
10. In the Still of the Night
11. What Is This Thing Called Love?
12. Miss Otis Regrets
13. The New Year's Eve Song