This record, a collection of jazz standards made partly at the request of her mother, was planned by Barber for over ten years but held. »It was important to me that I try and establish my own sound, my own music, before I did a record of standards. WithModern Cool I felt I had done that,» says Barber. Nightclub benefits from the long incubation period. Barber is a seasoned performer of classic jazz material. Highlights include her stunning version of Yesterdays, the rarely recorded vocal version of Invitationand her version of Alfie, which features guitarist Charlie Hunter.Musicians: Patricia Barber, piano, vocal; Michael Arnopol, bass (5, 9, 10); Adam Cruz, drums (4, 5, 6, 8, 9); Charlie Hunter, 8-string guitar (4, 6, 11); Marc Johnson, bass (1, 2, 3, 7, 8); and Adam Nussbaum, drums (1, 2, 3, 7, 8).
Barber’s hushed, sensuous version of Bye Bye Blackbird hasn’t been bettered since Miles Davis. –Time
Barber’s art is the kind of art we should be on the lookout for. –New York Times
Top 5 Female Vocalists. –Jazz Times