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Patricia Barber: Verse

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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: Lost in This Love (3:03) Clues (5:01) Regular Pleasures (5:46) The Moon (6:06) You Gotta Go Home (3:20) I Could Eat Your Words (7:54) The Fire (4:54) Pieces (5:37) Dansons La Gigue (4:23) If I Were Blue (5:56)

Personnel: Patricia Barber (vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes) Neal Alger (guitars) Michael Arnopol (bass) Joe Baron (drums: #1 - 4; #6 - 10) Dave Douglas (trumpet) Eric Montzka (drums: #5) Cliff Colnot String Ensemble (strings, #2)

Title: Verse | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Blue Note Records


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