Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

164

Patricia Barber: Companion

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
As one who has absorbed the jazz art form and expanded upon that by blending her unique delivery with other known styles, singer/pianist Patricia Barber reaches out and grabs the cerebral element in her listeners while keeping the swing alive. Her lyrics leave a considerable heap for the listener to reflect upon, while her soft, whispering, slow grind delivery impresses from a jazz and blues perspective. A double major in classical piano and psychology at the University of Iowa, Barber has issued her first five albums in the ‘90s with a broad audience in mind. Her lyrics to "If This Isn’t Jazz" reflect Barber’s true spirit, reminding us of the various areas of jazz that connect with the blues, pop, classical and beat poetry.

While pop classics "Black Magic Woman" and "The Beat Goes On" are refreshing and satisfy a large portion of her audience, Barber’s powerful piano piece "Like JT," inspired by Jacky Terrasson, reaches a different audience. Fortunately, Barber’s is an audience that ignores barriers between pop, jazz, and classical music: listeners who like good music, appreciate the jazz core in her presentation, and realize that her rare talents are fulfilling many needs at once. Highly recommended, Barber’s latest album is but a stepping stone to unique 21st Century jazz with a creative spirit at the controls.


Title: Companion | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: Blue Note


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

More Articles

Read Formidable CD/LP/Track Review Formidable
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Cochonnerie CD/LP/Track Review Cochonnerie
by John Sharpe
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Smoke CD/LP/Track Review Smoke
by Joe Gatto
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Threes CD/LP/Track Review Threes
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Acknowledgement CD/LP/Track Review Acknowledgement
by Don Phipps
Published: November 23, 2017
Read Lessons And Fairytales CD/LP/Track Review Lessons And Fairytales
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 23, 2017
Read "Red Nation "1"" CD/LP/Track Review Red Nation "1"
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 20, 2017
Read "Tiptoe" CD/LP/Track Review Tiptoe
by Jerome Wilson
Published: December 1, 2016
Read "Stolen Moments" CD/LP/Track Review Stolen Moments
by Jerome Wilson
Published: September 7, 2017
Read "Big Man on Campus" CD/LP/Track Review Big Man on Campus
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 7, 2017
Read "The Invariant" CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 17, 2017
Read "Birdhoused" CD/LP/Track Review Birdhoused
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 22, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Please support out sponsor