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Tor Hammerø Blog
'...this is an enjoyable collaboration with Jungr and her excellent NY band, where Hobgood again shows which an eminent keyboardist he is.'
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O's Place Jazz Newsletter
'The musicians help Barb deliver heartfelt expressions of classic covers as well as her original tunes. We enjoyed "Stars Lazy But Shining" and "Hymn To Nina" (for Nina Simone) most in a set that reflects on societal issues, hope and inspiration.'
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Jazz Times
'What matters is the exquisite quality of the work – their union of Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" with Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" is a particular standout – its immense value heightened by three superb Jungr-Hobgood originals, including an astute nod to Nina Simone.'
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AXS
'Her voice rises up from the depths of despair to indeed provide hope for troubled times...Jungr, a critically acclaimed, fearless powerhouse of a vocalist, wears her heart on her sleeve come what may.'
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The Huffington Post
'Jungr is so supernal at what she does that she transcends any sort of easy categorizing and rises to a uniquely higher plane. Part of the explanation is her ability to delve into songs and find things in them even their manufacturers hadn't realized were there.'
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New York Times
'Ms. Jungr, a passionate Dylanologist, can squeeze more juice out of a Dylan song than just about anybody.'
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Pop Culture Classics
'Blessed with an extraordinary voice and a keen understanding of lyrics, Jungr interprets greats songs with a rare sensitivity and originality. Every number radiates Jungr's moving vocal magic.'
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All About Jazz
'The most innovative singer in jazz since Cassandra Wilson...'
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Specs Blog
'thing of wonder'
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Jazz Weekly
'Lots of original ideas here, and [Barb] makes them all seem logical as well as fresh.'
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
'Barb Jungr is the alchemist among jazz singers. She takes dubious songs, and turns them into gold. And she takes songs we already knew were gold, and makes them interestingly different… She is truly a marvel, who should not be missed.'
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Midwest Record
'Another winning set for the cabaret crew on Mars.'
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Choice
'Barb has that uncanny ability to burrow to the heart of a song and make it her own.'
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Record Collector
'Barb Jungr explores an eclectic repertoire on the haunting Shelter From The Storm.'
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
'Vocalist Barb Jungr pulls off quite a coup on her ninth album for Linn...this fine album possesses a special poignancy.'
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The New Listener
'...with her voice she can spread hope and joy, her sound also protects you from the strongest storm.'
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Jazz Views
'The overall standard set on this album, is extremely high but as with all Barb Jungr recordings, there is always one track that takes the bar even higher. On this occasion it is the Joni Mitchell classic rock anthem "Woodstock" where the restrained vocal delivery is no less than spine chilling with piano, bass and drums fully catching the mood and reflection of the era.'
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R2
4 Stars
'Superb...she sings with enormous intellectual and emotional clarity on a marvellously eclectic repertoire...'
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BBC Radio Scotland ‘The Jazz House’
'Barb is unrivalled as a song stylist. She brings great depth and insight to the song.'
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The Sunday Times
'Just about the best Dylan interpreter around, Jungr dissects the title song against a McCoy Tyner-ish backdrop.'
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BBC Radio Merseyside ‘On the Beat’
'You’ll know this song, but never like this before.'
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The Crack
'The pair have crafted three new songs (which are well worth the admission alone)...Wonderful.'
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Boycotting Trends
'Through her passionate, sensitive and intelligent reinterpretations, Jungr continues to ensure that the work of many artists "lives on" in vibrant and re-energised ways.'
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Kind of Jazz
'The Dylan and Cohen covers are, as one has come to expect from Jungr, quite superb.'
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Barb Jungr - Shelter From The Storm Live - Boycotting Trends


28 May 2017
Boycotting Trends
Alex Ramon

Recorded in a sweltering New York studio in summer 2015, and released early last year, Barb Jungr’s album Shelter from the Storm (Linn Records) [review] was a fine collaboration with the award-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood, the pair’s fresh and vibrant versions of a range of material – showtunes, Dylan and Cohen, Bowie and Mitchell – supplemented by some strong original tracks, all linked, as the album’s subtitle emphasized, as “Songs of Hope for Troubled Times.” I wasn’t able to see Jungr and Hobgood perform the album live during their tour last year, so was glad to have the opportunity to catch the show at The Other Palace (formerly the St. James Theatre) on Thursday night, where the performance was the third edition in the venue’s new “Jazz Divas” programme. With the album’s US-based personnel (not only Hobgood, but also Michael Olatuja on double bass and Wilson Torres on percussion) otherwise engaged, Thursday night found Jungr taking to the stage with her regular bassist Davide Mantovani and the young pianist Jamie Safir (fresh off a plane from Mallorca). From the opening “Something’s Coming” through the dynamically shifting rhythms of “Shelter from the Storm” to the penultimate “What the World Needs Now is Love” (hilariously prefaced by Jungr), the musicians proved more than up to the task of navigating Jungr and Hobgood’s idiosyncratic arrangements, often fleshing out the album versions with distinctive flourishes and spontaneous interplay all their own. Mantovani’s work was characteristically elegant, subtle and supple, and Safir’s playing was a pure delight, by turns passionate and playful, and generating several spontaneous rounds of applause from the audience. In great voice, Jungr herself was radiant as always, creating a warm and witty ambience for the evening, illuminating songs old and new in revelatory ways. Bruce Springsteen’s “Long Walk Home” was revealed as a beautiful torch song, Jungr leaning hard into the “Who we are, what we’ll do and what we won’t” lyric. “Bali Hai” was approached via Brexit. “Life on Mars?/Space Oddity” was fruitfully developed from the more skeletal album version, with stunning playing from Mantovani and Safir. “All Along the Watchtower”, with Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” elegantly entwined in its folds, was taut and powerful. Tracks drawn from elsewhere in Jungr’s repertoire – such as her jaunty-deadly jazz strut through Cohen’s “Everybody Knows” and a gospel-influenced, singalong “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” to close – were also appreciated. She and Hobgood’s own compositions sat snugly beside this diverse material, with a soulful “Hymn to Nina” and a soaring “Venus Rising” among the standouts. While even the most talented contemporary songwriters have struggled, so far, to write very profoundly about the US in the Time of Trump, Jungr brilliantly hot-wires us to the present moment by turning the clock back, finding relevant content in older material. Her version of Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans” was achingly poignant and deeply moving in this context, its chorus – “Good morning, America, how are you?/Don’t you know me, I’m your native son” – turning gradually into a devastating enquiry from a soul betrayed. Her vibrantly funky take on “Woodstock” also reinvigorates the song as an urgent anthem for our age. Loving and subversive, witty and engaged, Jungr and her collaborators help us find our way back to the garden.
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