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Eclectic in everything she does, Patricia Barber has come up with a winner in Verse. Sound samples may be found at www.patriciabarber.com . All original material, Barber's songs tell stories and bring each tale's meaning around emphatically through modern mainstream jazz interpretations. Reaching into folk song territory, the vocalist provides timeless spiritual communication: made for jazz and designed to appeal to everyone who likes good vocal art. Dave Douglas, Neal Alger and Joey Baron prove superb partners for Barber's venture. Together, they're what makes the world go 'round. Verse appears to be the logical selection for best jazz album of the year.
By moving jazz along the modern mainstream highway to an area where new sounds blend with timeless tales in perfect harmony, Barber's succeeded in going over the top.
Track Listing: The Moon; Lost In This Love; Clues; Pieces; I Could Eat Your Words; The Fire; Regular Pleasures; Dansons La Gigue ; You Gotta Go Home; If I Were Blue.
Personnel: Patricia Barber- vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes; Dave Douglas- trumpet; Joey Baron- drums; Michael Arnopol- bass; Neal Alger- guitars; Eric Montzka- drums on "You Gotta Go Home;" Cliff Colnot- arranger, conductor for "Clues;" Paul Phillips, Marlou Johnston, Ronald Satkiewicz, Baird Dodge, Fox Fehling, Qing Hou, Lei Hou, Robert Swan, Karen Dirks, Lawrence Neuman, Lee Lane, Katinka Kleijn, Lawrence Brown, Judy Stone- strings on "Clues."
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.