Patricia Barber's Modern Cool now available on 180-gram vinyl once again!
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
"Sonically, one of the best recordings ever made by a jazz singer with a small acoustic ensemble." — Down Beat magazine
"Smart songs about the way we think and live, not just about the way we love. This is the kind of art we need to be on the lookout for everywhere. The 21st century has started. We can't afford to be left behind." — The New York Times
This is another in Premonition Records' recent series of vinyl releases which now includes four Patricia Barber albums and one Von Freeman album. This one was mastered for vinyl by the legendary Doug Sax, pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the new standard in high end audiophile pressing plants and comes in a deluxe, heavy cardboard jacket. Modern Cool earned a coveted 5-star review from DownBeat and was awarded a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album.
Modern Cool was recorded at Chicago Recording Company in early 1998. For many, Modern Cool is the record that brought Patricia Barber to their attention. Its success with critics and jazz fans led Blue Note Records to enter into a "joint imprint" production deal with Premonition Records, the first time they had ever done such a deal in their storied history. Done on the Sony 3348, a 32-track (16/48) digital tape recorder, and mixed down to 2-track, half-inch tape with Dolby SR, this was Barber's first album of mostly original material. Engineer Jim Anderson utilized mostly tube microphones (Brauner and Neumann) and John Hardy M-1 preamps, whose signal was patched to the tape bypassing the console.
Barber offers another strong blending of material as on Cafe Blue but heavier on the originals. Modern Cool features the same band as on Cafe Blue with the addition of trumpet star Dave Douglas. Highlights include Barber's originals "Touch of Trash," "Company," and "Winter," her version of The Doors "Light My Fire" and her setting of an E.E. Cummings poem.
Modern Cool was monumental when it was first released back in 1998. Downbeat gave it 5 stars - saying "Sonically, one of the one of the best recordings ever made by a jazz singer with a small acoustic ensemble."
With the album (release) worked:
Bass – Michael Arnopol
Choir – Choral Thunder Vocal Choir (tracks: C2)
Drums, Percussion – Mark Walker
Executive-Producer – Michael Friedman
Guitar – John McLean
Mastered By – Doug Sax
Piano, Vocals, Other – Patricia Barber
Producer – Patricia Barber
Recorded By, Mixed By – Jim Anderson
Trumpet – Dave Douglas
Udu – Jeff Stitely (tracks: D1)
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1 LP - For Europe - $15
1 LP - Worldwide - from $17
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