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Bournemouth Echo
'She transforms songs you have known for years but always leaves the author's spirit intact...For Barb singing Bob is a revelation.'
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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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SA-CD.net
4 Stars
'...the performance is mesmerizing'
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Nightlife Exchange
'There are many highlights and surprises in this profoundly original approach to Dylan.'
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Cover Me Songs
'A dusky gem.'
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GQ
'...the best album I've heard.'
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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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The Examiner
'This gal is a most unique experience you'd want to have.'
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The Times
4 Stars
'[Barb] teases out every nuance in a Dylan lyric as she reshapes it to her own ends.'
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Halesowen news
"...Barb is at her most affecting..."
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Theater Scene
Cabaret Roundup: Best of 2011: "Her performances have become iconic."
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John Shelton Ivany Top 21
'One of the greatest albums of the year.'
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NY Theatre Wire
'...Jungr's inspired interpretations of Dylan's songs make her performance electrifying.'
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The Martin Report
"...she has emerged as one part educator, one part icon"
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Times Square Chronicles
'A righteous revelation'
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Times Square Chronicles
"...Jungr doesn't just interpret 13 Dylan classics, she re-imagines them"
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Cabaret Scenes
"Jungr knocks it out of the park..."
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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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Wall Street Journal
"She sings with a passion and tenderness that not even Mr. Dylan himself could have imagined"
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NY Culture
"...the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far"
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
'It is exciting to savor what Jungr does with Dylan"
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New York Post
"Bob Dylan's songs are a-changin' when Barb Jungr tries them on."
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New York Times
"Barb Jungr delivered a fiery personal tutorial on Mr. Dylan"
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The Village Voice
Bob Dylan Gets The British Female Treatment! Fab!
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Cabaret Scenes
'At full throttle, she's enthralling.'
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The Art of the Torch Singer
'...Jungr pursues the truth in the lyrics with a spirit of adventure and a musicality that is always intriguing...'
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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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Liverpool Daily Post
'She is a brilliant interpreter of contemporary songs.'
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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
4½ Stars
'No-one should be surprised by her ability to inhabit a song and turn a perennial favourite upside down and inside out with a great arrangement...'
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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
"...her own voice and delivery is unique..."
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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
'...proving not just what gifted interpreted Barb Jungr is, but the timeless, infinitely malleable, nature of the songs themselves.'
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Herald Scotland
'Jungr sings Dylan's words quite beautifully, which the man himself, well, can't.'
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The Sunday Times
4 Stars
'...the musicianship is never less than first-rate.'
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The Independent
"her deconstructed jazz takes...allow new slants to seep into the songs"
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BBC Online
"As a Dylan interpreter, Jungr is right up there with Simone or The Byrds."
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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
Blue Moon Award: '...[Barb] found new and unexplored depth.'
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Slipped Disc (Norman Lebrecht's Blog)
'Far better to sample Barb Jungr’s sophisticated re-interpretations of Dylan classics, with supple vocal and sensitive instrumentation.'
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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
'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 Stage
'...never ceases to amaze.'
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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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Three Weeks
5 Stars
Barb Jungr Sings Nina Simone - live at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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Coda (Ireland)
Simply an exceptional interpreter.
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Rock 'n' Reel
3 Stars
Barb Jungr, who has previously interpreted Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel, pays homage to Nina Simone over eleven songs.
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Atlantic Audio Society
She makes the often-copied songs her very own.
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High Fidelity (Poland)
4½ Stars
A superb review in this Polish audiophile publication.
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The Jazz Rag
A constantly-gripping programme.
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Jazzwise
3 Stars
Jungr's phrasing and ability to slide across end rhymes in to the next line are the stuff of revelation.
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Record Collector
4 Stars
A fabulous new album by Barb Jungr
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The Independent
Jazz Album of the Week: Classy doesn't begin to sum it up.
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The Times
3 Stars
Imaginative arrangements of tunes associated with Nina Simone.
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The Scotsman
3 Stars
At first glance the title might lead you to expect another foray into Dylan territory, but the sub-title. "Hymn to Nina", reveals the real subject of this latest outing.
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Blues Art Journal
Nina's fans will be delighted with this joyous set, as no doubt will be Barb's too.
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Scotland on Sunday
3 Stars
Jungr's pure, throaty vocals have a fluidity and agility which allow her to pull off the trickiest numbers with graceful ease.
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Evening Standard
Barb Jungr is neither jazz diva nor blues belter, but she does have a compelling way of injecting truth into a song.
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The Sunday Times
4 Stars
The real pleasure lies in the typically thoughtful juxtapositions of material
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The Independent
4 Stars
The most startling pieces here are the medleys.
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Uncut
Brave Simone tribute from classy British-based jazz singer.
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www.smarthouse.com
The result is a crisp, vivacious and full bodied sound that grips from the first track. Superb.
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The Age Green Guide
4 Stars
Jungr possesses a smoothly seductive contralto spanning a formidable musical range
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The First Post
Buy this instead of the next Norah Jones album.
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High Fidelity Review
Barb Jungr knows how to give a song a personality.
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Audiophile Audition
The resulting sounds are irresistible.
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Rainbow Network
It's a thrill to hear her on such a lovely recording.
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Jazzwise
Her most compellingly sung and intensely vital collection to date.
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Sunday Times
An astute interpreter of chanson, folk, blues, jazz and show tunes.
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HMV Choice
Another essential album from an artist not afraid to search, explore, stretch and expand the boundaries of her musical comfort zone.
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BBC Online
Her latest offering on Linn Records will take some beating.
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Daily Express
The magnificent Barb Jungr.
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All About Jazz.com
Jungr has again come up with a winning formula.
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Audiophile Audition
Done with such raw emotion, that I can't visualize it being sung by Elvis.
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High Fidelity
The technical side is awe inspiring, while it enhances the musical content.
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O's Place Newsletter
Jungr pays homage to the King.
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Live Review
Very special.
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AudioEnz - New Zealand
The recording is superb - of demonstration quality.
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The Singer
Paring his greatest hits down to their bare essentials
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The Scotsman
An article by Barb Jungr.
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Daily Express
A must-have. ****
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Record Collector
An adroit interpreter of the songs of others.
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www.backstage.com
Major talent here, folks.
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All Music Guide
Another exquisite, at times astonishing, album from Miss Jungr.
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The Stage
Rendering it anew in such a startlingly personal way that it is utterly reinvigorated
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HMV Choice
Widely regarded as Britain’s most gifted song stylist
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The Times
Jungr could teach Madonna a thing or two about how to convey sensuality through words alone.
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Bloomberg News
If you've ever wondered how an artist can transform your view of a song, catch Jungr in concert.
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Time Out
You'll find a depth in these songs never previously imagined.
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Yorkshire Post
She makes them sound as if they were written just for her.
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Jazz at Ronnie Scott's
One of Europe's most intriguing and intelligent interpreters of the contemporary song.
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Whitstable Times
A different kind of tribute to the King
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The Sunday Times
An art-song sensibility tinged with cultured R&B.
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Arts East
Britain’s leading chansonnier.
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The Stage
startling for both its emotional intensity and rich musicality
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Jazz Times
Jungr navigates the soft-flowing tide of Ray Davies' title tune with wistful contentment
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Variety
'Wider Stateside recognition is in order.'
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The Times
The thinking person's cabaret singer
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Record Collector
Another side of Barb Jungr
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HiFi News
you're in for a treat
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3WBC 94.1 FM, Melbourne, Australia
What could be better than this album
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Jazz Review
unrivalled for her ability to inhabit a song's emotional world
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Jazz Views
her command of expression earns her a place in this super-league of female singers
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Mojo
Jungr knows a good song when she sings it
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Jazz at Ronnie Scott's
Jungr confirms her reputation as a peerless interpreter of the classic modern song
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Daily Telegraph
her version of Waterloo Sunset shines out
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O's Place jazz Newsletter
4 Stars
12 classics sung with great emotion
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Jazzwise
Beeline time.
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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 - Live Review - The Telegraph


01 February 2011
The Telegraph
Ivan Hewett
4 Stars

Barb Jungr, Pizza Express Jazz Club Review

There's an easy way to be a cabaret singer: plunder the great American song-book, render the songs in a breathy undertone that sounds generically sophisticated, and rely on the low lights and some louche piano licks to lend atmosphere.

Barb Jungr is just not interested in being generically anything. Communicating real, heart-felt emotion is what she's about, and for her the process begins with finding the songs that most people ignore. She's an indefatigible explorer of the by-ways of song, and she tells us about each one with the pleased air of someone who's hit on a hidden gem.

Who would have thought Hank Williams could fashion something archetypically moving, like a folk-song? Not me: I'd assumed he was someone only country lovers could find interesting. But there it was - 'Lost in the River', with a majestic simple melody and a gospel-like grandeur in the words.

That image of the river ran through the whole evening, in all sorts of guises. The Mersey was glimpsed in Ferry Across the Mersey. The Thames was pictured in Ewan MacColl's lovely Sweet Thames Flow Softly, with its roll-call of river scenes from Wapping to Richmond, and in Ray Davies's Waterloo Sunset. Both songs felt strangely ancient, as if they'd passed into the realm of folk music.

Jungr and her pianist, Simon Wallace, brought this off by not gilding the lily. They kept things simple, Wallace with a hymn-like fullness of piano sound, Jungr with a voice that's strong and focused and full of emotional heat even when it sinks right down to pianissimo.

This isn't to say she's unvaried. Percy Mayfield's The River's Invitation is a great blues classic, but how do you sing the line where the singer imagines the river is calling on him to drown himself? Jungr and Wallace managed to make it heartfelt and self-mocking at the same time, which is surely the only way to handle something so over the top.

Sometimes, though, there's no option but to go for broke, as in Old Man River. It takes courage to sing such a classic, and a big voice, too, and Jungr certainly has both. In the confined space of Pizza Express it was overwhelming, and maybe even a bit too much. The quiet way she caught the patient, lamenting heart of Sam Cooke's A Change is Gonna Come worked better, and was the evening's most touching moment.


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