2 x LP
2014 EU reissue on 180g 2LP-Patricia Barber’s Modern Cool (Premonition Records, 1998) was the recording that made Barber an international jazz star. On the initial tour in support of the album, Barber played a four night stand at The Jazz Standard in...
Release date: 30-06-2014(originally released in 1998)
2014 EU reissue on 33rpm 180g 2LP =Remastered by Doug Sax from the Original Analog Mixes
Patricia Barber’s Modern Cool (Premonition Records, 1998) was the recording that made Barber an international jazz star. On the initial tour in support of the album, Barber played a four night stand at The Jazz Standard in New York where she was heard by Bruce Lundvall of Blue Note Records. This led to a string of Barber recordings for both Premonition and Blue Note, worldwide touring and unapologetic critical acclaim from which Barber has never looked back.
Audiophiles were well aware of Barber from her 1994 Premonition recording Café Blue. Sonically, Modern Cool followed the Café Blue playbook: same recording studio, engineer, and recording approach. Musically, Barber added trumpeter Dave Douglas to her stellar working band and showcased her original compositions more than on any previous recording.
Like Café Blue, Modern Cool has been released in multiple formats, including 2013’s Grammy-winning Surround Sound edition. This 180g double LP edition from Premonition is newly remastered by the legendary Doug Sax from the original analog mixes and is sure to be another strong addition to the Barber audiophile oeuvre.
"Sonically, one of the best recordings ever made by a jazz singer with a small acoustic ensemble.” - Downbeat Five Star Review
A1 Touch Of Trash
A3 Let It Rain
B1 Silent Partner
B2 Light My Fire
C1 You & The Night & The Music
C2 Love, Put On Your Faces
C3 She's A Lady
D2 Postmodern Blues
D3 Let It Rain - Vamp
Patricia Barber - vocal, piano, table knives on strings
Michael Arnopol - bass
John McLean - guitars
Mark Walker - drums, percussion
Jeff Stitely - udu
Dave Douglas - trumpet
Choral Thunder Vocal Choir
• 180-gram vinyl pressing by Quality Record Pressings
• 33 1/3 RPM, double LP
• Vinyl remastering by Doug Sax from the original analog mixes
• 2013 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album
The dark, smoky voice of Patricia Barber is quite haunting. On Modern Cool, she mostly sings downbeat songs at slow tempos. All but three songs are her own originals, and they deal with such subject matter as an "homage to beauty" that seems to connect painting one's face with prostitution, loneliness, mindless conformity, the "Postmodern Blues," and other such topics. Barber, whose piano playing is mostly very much in the background, comes across on this set as a pop/folk singer. Most of the jazz moments are provided by trumpeter Dave Douglas, who is on half of the selections and adds some excitement; guitarist John McLean, bassist Michael Arnopol, and drummer/percussionist Mark Walker complete the group.
Label: Premonition Records
Originally released: 1994
This release: 2011