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Kerk en Leven
„Vijftien jaar later komt dat iconische album opnieuw uit...”
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The Arts Desk
'...her clean enunciation allowing the songs' poetry to shine...'
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London Jazz News
'What a voice Barb Jungr has! It is gospel rich, with a vast vocal range, and her technique is flawless.'
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Bebop Spoken Here
'Dylan's songs are vocally invigorated by Jungr's combination of impeccable singing and the range of her emotional delivery...'
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London Jazz News
'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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BBC Radio Scotland 'The Jazz House'
'What a voice! Barb Jungr bringing new life into a song by Bob Dylan. Every Grain of Sand…It’s great to hear these songs sung from a totally different perspective, and with a very powerful female voice.'
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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
'Jungr doesn't just interpret Dylan songs, she re-imagines them'
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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 Live – Bournemouth Echo


03 April 2017
Bournemouth Echo
Jeremy Miles

ANYONE who questioned the wisdom of awarding Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize for Literature (and astonishingly there were one or two) would have left this concert feeling just a little ashamed of themselves. For Dylan's writing, his genius as a poet and lyricist is what cabaret singer Barb Jungr celebrates so brilliantly in her searching interpretations of his songs.

At the Shelley Theatre last night she gave a performance that explored the complexity, power and beauty of 16 Dylan numbers from across the first three decades of his career. Accompanied by pianist Jenny Carr, she deconstructed, re-assembled and exposed the very essence of songs of love and loss, anger and woe, anguish and despair. Her arrangements of songs like Don't Think Twice It's Alright, Blind Willie McTell, Chimes of Freedom and a stunning version of A Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall were mesmerising.

Digging deep into the soul of Dylan's masterpieces her delivery seeks out nuance and emphasis. She transforms songs you have known for years but always leaves the author's spirit intact.

The current tour is essentially a live re-working of Jungr's Every Grain of Sand album which has remained a constant seller since it was first released 16 years ago. It seems that it has proved so popular that her record company have dubbed it "a cult classic" and "re-released" it by way of celebration. As Barb herself pointed out, this is actually quite odd when you consider it's never been unavailable.

However anything that gets this remarkable singer out on the road has got to be a good thing. For Barb singing Bob is a revelation.


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