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Barb Jungr: Bob, Brel & Me

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Apparently, Barb Jungr~ considers Bob, Brel and Me her best ever and has said of it, “I may not make another." Given her productivity over recent years, it is tempting to doubt that; but if it does turn out to be true, this album will make a great finale. Rather than being a one-off project, Bob, Brel and Me feels like an integral part of the warp and weft of Jungr's work since 1999. As early as her album Bare ...

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Jazz Quanta April – Five Women II: Sarah Vaughan, Barb Jungr, marty Elkins, Phyllis Blanford, and Tina Phillips

Read "Jazz Quanta April – Five Women II:  Sarah Vaughan, Barb Jungr, marty Elkins, Phyllis Blanford, and Tina Phillips" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There is never too much of a good thing... Sarah Vaughan Live at Rosy's Resonance Records 2016 The most important and popular female jazz vocalists all had nick names. Lady Day, The First Lady of Song, The Devine One..."The President" Lester Young gave Billie Holiday her nom de plume, while Ella Fitzgerald was dubbed the First Lady early on. Chris Becker, in his book Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women ...

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Barb Jungr: Loving Living Life

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Barb Jungr brings her infectious enthusiasm to even the most mundane of things. A stroll in the park is turned into a gleeful discovery as she finds a stand of daffodils; a walk home is turned into delight as Jungr snaps a picture of London by night from a bridge. She has that knack of spotting something you never realized was there and making you look at ordinary things differently. She plays with phrases and words--like 'polyglot,' or 'loop of ...

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Barb Jungr: Hard Rain (The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen)

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Ever since Barb Jungr released her first album of Bob Dylan songs, Every Grain of Sand (Linn, 2002), she has been consistently praised as a Dylan interpreter par excellence. Each of her subsequent albums has included at least one Dylan song--she even included a couple each on her tribute albums to Elvis Presley and Nina Simone. As Jungr herself has said, “Once I had started singing Dylan's songs, I couldn't stop." Man in the Long Black Coat (Linn, 2011) was ...

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Barb Jungr: Stockport to Memphis

Read "Stockport to Memphis" reviewed by John Eyles

Since her breakthrough Chanson: The Space in Between (Linn, 2000), vocalist Barb Jungr has mainly released albums of songs by other people. Several have focused on the work of one performer, notably Every Grain of Sand (Linn, 2002), consisting of Bob Dylan songs, the Elvis Presley tribute Love Me Tender (Linn, 2005) and Just Like a Woman--A Hymn to Nina... Barb Jungr Sings Nina Simone (Linn, 2008). Others, such as The Men I Love: The New American Songbook (Naim, 2010), ...

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Barb Jungr / Kuljit Bhamra / Russell Churney: Durga Rising

Read "Durga Rising" reviewed by John Eyles

Durga Rising was recorded in 1996 but not properly released at the time. Featuring Barb Jungr on vocals, Kuljit Bhamra on percussion and Russell Churney on piano, it seems likely to attract more attention today than it did back in 1996. Since then, Jungr has enjoyed a burgeoning solo career accompanied by a string of awards that recognize her prowess as a cabaret singer, and Bhamra has gained prominence in several areas, including jazz, through his work with saxophonist Andy ...

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Barb Jungr: Smart, Sassy, Sexy

Read "Barb Jungr: Smart, Sassy, Sexy" reviewed by John Eyles

Singer Barb Jungr is on a roll at present. In March 2009 she and accompanist Simon Wallace played for the first time at Café Carlyle, in New York City, presenting a show entitled “The Men I Love" which featured songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Todd Rundgren and Neil Diamond. The show received rave reviews and was voted one of the year's best by Time Out New York. The songs from the show formed the ...


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