Genre: Jazz
Label: Premonition


Patricia Barber The Premonition Years: 1994-2002 Standards CD

Patricia Barber

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One of the Most In Demand & Exciting Modern Day Female Jazz Vocalists! Includes Bonus Tracks "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" & "My Funny Valentine"!

Between 1994-2002, pianist/vocalist Patricia Barber recorded five albums for Premonition Records. These albums earned critical acclaim and made her one of the biggest names in jazz. Barber is a gifted and innovative intrepreter of revered standards. This CD collects, on one disc, the best Barber standards recorded for Premonition.

Patricia Barber is an American jazz and blues singer, pianist, songwriter, and bandleader. She was awarded Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 in Creative Arts - Music Composition field. The gleaming successes of Barber’s art lie in the nuances, the nooks and crannies, of conventional performance. When the veteran music writer Don Heckman (in the Los Angeles Times) called Barber “one of the most utterly individual jazz performers to arrive on the scene in years,” he wasn’t referring to the virtuosic spectacle that comes all too easily to today’s jazz artists; he had homed in on the quiet audacity with which Barber has redefined the role of the singer-songwriter for 21st-century jazz.

She released Café Blue, her debut for the small Premonition label; working with label head and producer Michael Friedman, Barber garnered rave reviews from around the nation, which would quickly become the normal response to each new release. Barber’s first two albums for Premonition made her an international star: despite the label’s tiny size, Barber sold more than 120,000 of the album Modern Cool and even more of the follow-up Nightclub, attracting the attention of Blue Note Records. In 1999 Blue Note started distributing her discs as part of a unique partnership – the first joint imprint in the fabled label’s then-six-decade history. In 2002, Barber moved into an exclusive contract with Blue Note.

Patricia Barber, The Premonition Years: 1994-2002 - Standards, chronicles Barber's 8 year association with the Chicago based indy-label Premonition Records with a focus on familiar jazz standards Barber recorded for Premonition. These years defined Barber's career in many ways gaining her the exposure and critical acclaim that solidified her place as one of the most in demand and exciting female jazz vocalists working in jazz. Includes the bonus tracks "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "My Funny Valentine."

“Barber’s hushed, sensuous version of ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ hasn’t been bettered since Miles Davis last took the old standby out for a spin.” - Time

“It was as if a skylark had swallowed a bassoon that first moment singer/pianist Patricia Barber opened her mouth; a blues-hooting, nervously flittering bird with smartly semantic wiseacre lyrics beating her own drum vocally and rhythmically. … Premonition is where she learned to fly.” - Jazz Times

"A voice that's a dark, pure whisper straight up from the soul." - Downbeat

• CD
• Includes Bonus Tracks

Patricia Barber, vocals, piano
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Charlie Hunter, 8-string guitar
Joey Baron, drums
Adam Nussbaum, drums
Mark Walker, drums, percussion
Adam Cruz, drums
John McLean, guitar
Neal Alger, guitar
Marc Johnson, bass
Michael Arnopol, bass

1. I Fall in Love Too Easily
2. Bye Bye Blackbird
3. Alfie
4. You & The Night & The Music
5. Yesterdays
6. My Funny Valentine (Bonus Track)
7. Inch Worm
8. So In Love
9. The Thrill Is Gone
10. Manha De Carnaval
11. A Man & A Woman
12. Invitation
13. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Bonus Track)

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