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Genre ~ Contemporary, Vocal Jazz | Label ~ Blue Note Records
Chicagoan singer and pianist Patricia Barber - one of the few jazz musicians to receive the prestigious honor of a Guggenheim Fellowship - expresses unique, personal ambition with this album, which consists entirely of Barber originals. Each song of "Mythologies" represents a character from ancient Greek folklore. But fear not, this isn't some dry or pretentious mythology lesson - as most characters in Greek myth are ascribed human feelings, Barber draws on them to delve into emotional states (positive and negative) common to all. "Icarus (for Nina Simone)" represents a rise to dizzying heights with a high price to pay afterward. The contemplative "The Hours" is both a blues for humanity and a cry for salvation, intensified by an impassioned guitar solo and pleading gospel-charged chorus. Patricia Barber's voice is smoky, wise, and unhurried - that of a born storyteller. Her accompaniment (guitar, bass, drums, plus occasional alto saxophone and background vocals) provides unfussy, concise embellishments to her story-songs, along with brief, inventive ventures into funk and hip-hop.
1. The Moon
11. The Hours
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