Patricia Barber Mythologies Numbered Limited Edition 180g 2LP
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In 2005-06 Patricia Barber premieres a brilliant song cycle. Entitled
Mythologies, both lyrics and music were written by Barber with the aid of a
prestigious year-long Guggenheim grant for Composition. Each song is a character
portrait drawn from the timeless stories of Ovid’s Metamorphoses and modernized,
becoming commentaries on our own times. “Orpheus,” god of music, is a widower
who laments his lost love in a sonnet set to music, his voice a guitar wailing
over a funereal bass drum; “Hunger” a “thin-is-in” virago, served up as a
postmodern reggae, whose craving to devour others turns into a feast of
“Morpheus,” god of dreams, is an intricate harmonic sculpture of long-breathed
melody yearning for rest; “Pygmalion” is a sexy song about a lover whose will to
possess is stronger than hers to resist. The other characters include the Moon,
Oedipus, Icarus, Phaeton, the Hours, and Narcissus. Ten songs in all,
Mythologies is arranged for Patricia with small jazz ensemble and runs for about
The first song in the cycle, "Whiteworld" (Oedipus), recorded on Barber’s recent
Live: A Fortnight in France has already garnered critical acclaim and a popular
mandate as audiences shout for the song to be performed in encores.
Mythologies, an utterly original statement, promises to make a stunning
intervention into the history of jazz, fusing the genre with classical new music
and a range of pop and world idioms in Barber’s inimitably personal voice. This
is jazz on the frontier, the music the critics are buzzing about. It is music
people will be talking about for a long time to come.
"(a) dark sense of humor mingling with a bright musicality." - downbeat
"Barber, for my money the single most interesting female American jazz singer
on the contemporary scene, has remained an uncompromisingly brilliant
innovator." - jazztimes
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• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
1. The Moon
11. The Hours