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'Clearly, there is nothing this woman cannot sing. Perfectly'
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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
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Broadway World
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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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'One of the greatest albums of the year.'
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NY Theatre Wire
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Times Square Chronicles
'A righteous revelation'
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'Barb's enthralling'
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Cabaret Scenes
"Jungr knocks it out of the park..."
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Cabaret Confessional
She is dazzling...a phenomenal master song interpreter and stylist.
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NY Culture
"...the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far"
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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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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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Cabaret Scenes
'At full throttle, she's enthralling.'
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The Village Voice
Bob Dylan Gets The British Female Treatment! Fab!
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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 Daily Post
'She is a brilliant interpreter of contemporary songs.'
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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
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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Herald Scotland
'Jungr sings Dylan's words quite beautifully, which the man himself, well, can't.'
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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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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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Cabaret Confessional
'...superb interpretations that deliver every song's story in the most unexpect ways.'
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BBC Online
"As a Dylan interpreter, Jungr is right up there with Simone or The Byrds."
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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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The Telegraph
4 Stars
"Communicating real, heart-felt emotion is what this cabaret singer is all about."
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Barb Jungr - Man in the Long Black Coat - The Martin Report


09 November 2011
The Martin Report
Andrew Martin

The electrifying British chanteuse Barb Jungr has not merely established herself as a true master of any and all genres of music and lyrics in any cabaret marketplace across the globe, but a one-woman happening event wherever she travels. Indeed, she's been hailed as the finest interpreter of Jacques Brel besides the late composer himself, and copious other creators of song in all manner of styles. But it is with her most recent outing at the Metropolitan Room, a Bob Dylan tribute entitled The Man in the Long Black Coat, that she may well have topped any and all previous efforts as displayed upon our country's fair shores. It emerges as an evening not merely riveting but both educational and important to the utmost.

Whereas the Marcoviccis and Masons of our day, however resplendent standing solitary on a stage with merely a microphone and a piano, are always better served with a band of at least three pieces, Jungr is dynamite in her ability to provide the illusion of a symphony orchestra behind her even when accompanied only by the sensational Tracy Stark at the keys. And with the Dylan catalog at her own nimble fingertips, Jungr is no less a slouch at the miraculous pictures she paints with her vocal cords as the overwhelming earthiness of her patter between songs. A gorgeous "Tangled Up in Blue" mesmerizes the crowd from the get-go before an other-worldly arrangement of "It Ain't Me, Babe," which in turn gives way to an awesome delivery of "The Times They Are A-Changin'." The title number of the show is even more astounding than when it was recorded by Joan Osborne in 1995 and is clearly made Jungr's own here, and by the time she hits the crowd with a slow-waltz version of "I Want You" she's more or less pulverized the audience to a man. In addition, a gorgeously-narrated "Like a Rolling Stone" only serves to make one feel privileged to write reviews of someone so glorious. And her interpretation of "Forever Young" is so definitive as to place her in the same category as Linda Ronstadt executing the Smokey Robinson ouevre so masterfully in the mid-1970s.

Precious little more can be said about Barb Jungr and The Man in the Long Black Coat except that she is THE reason why cabaret continues to find a new audience. And if that's an overstatement, it gives her a goal which she will unquestionably accomplish. In
a reasonably short amount of time, she has emerged as one part educator, one part icon, and all parts made of static electricity that will never cease to crackle across the wide oceans.


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