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London Jazz
'I am impressed by the quality of the album, Jungr's singing is terrific, the band are great, the production is excellent...'
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UK Vibe
4 Stars
'Above all else, the singer's love of Dylan's repertoire comes shining through...'
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This Is Cabaret
'Clearly, there is nothing this woman cannot sing. Perfectly'
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The Independent
'Jungr's extraordinary interpretations of songs such as "Every Grain of Sand" and "Sara" have seen her elected to an elite company of memorable cover artists.'
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nuvo.net
Live Review: 'She is simply, yet radiantly, a singer'
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Nightlife Exchange
'There are many highlights and surprises in this profoundly original approach to Dylan.'
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Broadway World
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I heart the road
'Her voice is pure and holds that languid quality that have jettisoned stars like Colbie Caillat to Lana Del Rey to the top in recent years.'
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New York Theater Examiner
'The arrangements and interpretations are unique and lovely, heart wrenching, funny and satirical'
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NY Culture
"...the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far"
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The Independent
4 Stars
"Except for Dylan himself on a good night, this is the best way to hear his songs."
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Record Collector
'So persuasively did Jungr inhabit the songs that...one entertained the thought that she might have understood them better than their author.'
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
"Communicating real, heart-felt emotion is what this cabaret singer is all about."
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Bebop Spoken Here
...I can only describe the experience as WOW! See her for yourself.
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Newbury Today
...as good a set as we have heard
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Variety
'Wider Stateside recognition is in order.'
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Bath Chronicle
'The 15 songs on Every Grain Of Sand certainly do work, particularly a wonderful interpretation of the Oscar-winning Things Have Changed done a a hybrid Eastern European tango.'
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In Tune International
'The songs when performed by Barb, take on new depth, and I defy anyone not to feel some degree of involvement with their emotional resonance...Barb's talent deserves a wider prominence...'
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Village Voice
'[Barb] gives the Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel canons readings as deep as or deeper than the original manufacturers'.'
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The Telegraph (Live Review)
'The English chanteuse Barb Jungr has created a sanctuary for tender passion, wit and soul-searching reflection. The warm radiance of her voice makes the material softer, stiller...heartfelt tracks [such] as If Not For You (1970) and What Good Am I? (1989) [are] given such heartfelt utterance.'
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The Sunday Times
Records of the Year: #7 'Some Dylan purists had their doubts, but the chansonnier Barb Jungr's bold reworking of his songs makes a fascinating journey. If you always admired Uncle Bob, but chafed at the voice, Jungr supplies the antidote.'
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The Telegraph
Year In Music Roundup: #10 'A jazz recording of Bob Dylan songs; it shouldn't work, but in a strange way, it does.'
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Jazz Review
'She projects the lyric, has great diction and a polished tone.'
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Q Magazine
'Her imperious take on the title track almost eclipses Giant Sand's definitive version.'
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Record Buyer & Music Collector
'"Not Dark Yet" [is] creeping up on me as the most significant track on a collection that, if there's any justice in the world, ought to elevate Barb Jungr beyond mere cult celebrity.'
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HMV Choice
'This recording should both satisfy Jungr fans and surprise Dylan diehards.'
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Mojo
'The kind of voice that many more should get around to hearing.'
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Glasgow Evening Times
'Barb Jungr has an excellent voice, and there's no quibbling with her taste in Dylan.'
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Amazon.co.uk
'An intriguing outing into Dylan territory.'
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Jazz Views website
'Jungr is one of the most talented current British female singers.'
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The Sunday Times
'[A] haunting collection of 15 Dylan numbers.'
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The Times
'Jungr's sensual performance casts the songs in a fresh light.'
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Bristol Evening Post
'Barb unfolds each with devistating technique, while the band creates a chamber jazz sound that is elegant but edgy, passionate and respectful.'
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Barb Jungr – Every Grain of Sand – Bebop Spoken Here


13 March 2017
Bebop Spoken Here
Debra M

Barb Jungr's album of Bob Dylan songs is being reissued as a 15th-anniversary special edition, following its original widely acclaimed 2002 release. Apparently coincidental with Dylan's recent award of Nobel prize for Literature, her selection of songs, spanning 5 decades, is a timely reminder of his sustained productivity. 

Dylan's distinctive style of delivery is not universally admired, but his songs are vocally invigorated by Jungr's combination of impeccable singing and the range of her emotional delivery, backed by a highly sympathetic, piano-led ensemble.

The album opens with 'I'll Be Your Baby Tonight' and 'If Not For You', but really kicks off in the third track with 'Things Have Changed', reimagined as a dramatic tango. Another highlight is 'Not Dark Yet', where the restrained accompaniment of accordion and cello underlines Jungr's sombre and melancholic vocal. Dylan has rarely sung anything without sounding cynical; in the original version of 'Forever Young', apparently simple tidings of encouragement are delivered with anger, as if he's singing about his own loss of innocence. But Jungr transforms it into a joyful hymn dedicated to the optimism of youth, with an up-beat Latin arrangement featuring percussion, accordion, and exuberant vocal improvisation. The only reference to blowing winds in this Dylan tribute is subtle, in the final and title track 'Every Grain of Sand', which starts and ends with a distant storm. The stripped back arrangement of accordion, strings and harmonica, with the lyric to the fore, gives a traditional folk feel. Although this is one of his later songs (1981), it's a reminder of Dylan's early days in New York, and of the influence of US and British folks musicians, as well as of the expressive quality of his writing.


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