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This Is Cabaret
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'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
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'A dusky gem.'
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GQ
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Broadway World
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I heart the road
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New York Theater Examiner
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The Examiner
'This gal is a most unique experience you'd want to have.'
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The Times
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Theater Scene
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John Shelton Ivany Top 21
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NY Theatre Wire
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The Martin Report
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Times Square Chronicles
'A righteous revelation'
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Times Square Chronicles
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Cabaret Scenes
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Woman Around Town
'Barb's enthralling'
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Cabaret Confessional
She is dazzling...a phenomenal master song interpreter and stylist.
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The Village Voice
Bob Dylan Gets The British Female Treatment! Fab!
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Cabaret Scenes
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The Art of the Torch Singer
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remotegoat.co.uk
5 Stars
'...Barb Jungr who eclipses them all.'
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Liverpool Echo
'A CD landed on my desk that I just couldn’t stop playing...'
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threeweeks.co.uk
'Barb Jungr was joined on stage by Simon Wallace on the keys in an absolutely captivating cover of Bob Dylan.'
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Dark Chat
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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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TimeOut London
'...one of the strongest voices in international cabaret performance.'
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The American
"What Jungr brings to the songs is a forensic skill at unpacking the poetry married to great musicianship."
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Jazzwise
"If you've yet to enter Barb Jungr's musical universe, then this paean to Dylan is just about the perfect place to start."
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Record Collector
5 Stars
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The British Theatre Guide
'...imagine a smoky, powerful, jazzy, gospel mix...'
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O's Place Jazz Magazine
'When she hits it right, Jungr strikes gold.'
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Choice Magazine
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Herald Scotland
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The Sunday Times
4 Stars
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The Independent
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BBC Online
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Cabaret Confessional
'...superb interpretations that deliver every song's story in the most unexpect ways.'
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6moons.com
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In Tune
...warmhearted celebration
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London Jazz
...a delicious mixture of tones and colours
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Girl Singers
"...this recording takes Dylan's work to some surprising new places, and is very highly recommended."
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Record Collector
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The Stage
'...never ceases to amaze.'
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
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Bebop Spoken Here
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Newbury Today
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Wider Stateside recognition is in order.
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HMV Choice
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Mojo
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Amazon.co.uk
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The Guardian
(A) haunting collection of 15 Dylan numbers.
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Jazz Views website
Jungr is one of the most talented current British female singers.
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The Times
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Barb Jungr - Bob Dylan - Nightlife Exchange


01 October 2012
Nightlife Exchange
David Rabinowitz

Earlier in 2012, in commemoration of Amnesty International's 50 years of existence, a 4-disc Bob Dylan tribute was released. Some 70 artists were tapped to provide interpretations of Dylan songs. Knowns and unknowns in terms of artists and works, provided a broad overview of ways of approaching Dylan, who is by now the subject of more books, films and awards than possibly any living artist. And unsurprisingly, nowhere to be found in that vast horde of covers, many of which were shamelessly sloppy, were the exquisite stylings of Barb Jungr who embodies the musical intelligence and sensitivity of cabaret at its finest.

What Ms. Jungr brings to the table is a palpably fearless love of Dylan's music that allows her to re-contextualize many of Dylan's roaring growls and invest them with a subtlety and precision of enunciation and rhythmic articulation that escapes the vast bulk of Dylan's servile idolators. Ms. Jungr's jazzy, delicately driving phrasing, in combination with the bold rhythmic reworking of "Just Like A Woman," works wonders to re-vitalize this often-covered chestnut. In "Like A Rolling Stone," she imbues the tune with a reflective backdrop that nicely interrogates the more usual snarl of the piece. "Man in the Long Black Coat" is a brilliant mood piece that captures perfectly the sombre menace of the lyric with noir-ish expertise .

Ms. Jungr's version should amount to an object lesson in the art of the effective use of understatement that could profitably be studied by just about every singer on the aforementioned Amnesty International tribute . "It Ain't Me Babe" conveys worlds of heartbroken understanding, acceptance and resilience, musically rendered with a poignancy seldom encountered, even in the best of Dylan's songs. This is one of Ms. Jungr's most effective interpretations, in my judgement. In "Tomorrow Is A Long Time," one of Dylan's songs wrenched out of the heart of his youthful, tumultuous relationship with the late artist Suze Rotolo (who was pictured with Dylan on the cover of Freewheelin', walking the snow covered streets of Greenwhich Village), Ms.Jungr vocally embodies a depth of human need that marks this as the definitive interpretation of this tune.

"High Water Everywhere (For Charlie Patton)" shows Ms. Junger to be just as adept at interpreting the more recent, angry, bitter and death-obsessed Dylan, as she is the youthful love-afflicted poet. There are many highlights and surprises in this profoundly original approach to Dylan, all of whose fans and acolytes would do well to open themselves to Ms. Jungr.


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