Sunday Sounds – Barb Jungr
Barb Jungr has released a new album titled “The Men I Love – The New American Songbook” she has a good track record in recording unique interpretations of modern songs which has differentiated her from many other modern jazz singers who still cling to yet more versions of older classic songs, particularily the Great American Songbook era and cataogue.
As such her product can be a bit hit and miss as some versions work and some don’t probably dependant upon how closed a persons ears are to a sometimes radical reworking of a favourite song.
The studio recording of ‘The Men I Love’ featuring some of London’s greatest musicians was released at the end of January on the very prominent and exciting Naim Label, her first after leaving the superb Linn Records.
As noted above her customary approach to arrangements of The New American Songbook, (songs by Byrne and Eno, Cohen, Dylan, Diamond and more) in collaboration with composer Simon Wallace confirms her status as a peerless interpreter of popular song, championing pop tunes as classic repertoire.
Musicians are Simon Wallace on piano, organ and synth, Frank Schaeffer on cello, Steve Watts on double bass, Paul Clarvis on percussion and Clive Bell on flutes and shakahachi.
The album was recorded in London, mixed by Christoph Bracher and features the photography of Steve Ullathorne.
You can downoad for free her version of Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” HERE
Here she performs Bruce Springsteen’s “The River” which features on the album
Finally listen to her version of the Talking Heads classic “Once In A Lifetime” below
To buy the music of Barb Jungr click HERE
Here are some older covers not from the new album.
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