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GQ
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New York Theater Examiner
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I heart the road
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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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NY Theatre Wire
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The Martin Report
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Times Square Chronicles
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Cabaret Confessional
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Liverpool Daily Post
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threeweeks.co.uk
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Dark Chat
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The Independent
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TimeOut London
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The American
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Jazzwise
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Record Collector
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The British Theatre Guide
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O's Place Jazz Magazine
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Herald Scotland
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Choice Magazine
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The Sunday Times
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BBC Online
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Cabaret Confessional
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6moons.com
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London Jazz
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In Tune
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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
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The Telegraph
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Newbury Today
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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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The Times
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Barb Jungr - Man in the Long Black Coat Live in NY - Broadway World


13 April 2012
Broadway World
Stephen Hanks

When the British chanteuse Barb  Jungr first performed her Bob  Dylan show, Man in the Long Black Coat, at the Metropolitan Room  last October, she took the New York cabaret world by storm for a second time  (she had won a 2008 Nightlife Award as "Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist" for her  show The Men I Love), garnering breathless praise from both the New  York Times and the New York Post, and being  nominated for a 2012 "Show of the Year" Award by the Manhattan Association of  Cabarets and Clubs (MAC). Now Barb is back with Black Coat for an  extended Met Room run (until April 28), and you shouldn't think twice about  catching Jungr's fascinating interpretation of 13 classics from the Dylan  repertoire (songs that are from her two Dylan-centric CDs, Every Grain of  Sand and Man in the Long Black Coat). Barb  Jungr is much more than a Bob  Dylan tribute artist. Her show celebrating one of the world's greatest troubadours is a righteous revelation.

Attitudes about Bob  Dylan fall into three categories: millions love him, millions can't stand  him and there is that vast middle-like independents in the political  spectrum-who have always appreciated the messages in his lyrics, but have had  little tolerance for the messenger's singing style. Even the cliché "like chalk  scratching a blackboard" has been inadequate in characterizing Dylan's voice,  something the writer Joyce Carol Oates once described "as if sandpaper could  sing." I've long been one of those indifferent to Dylan because of that voice  and never thought a singer could shine a new light on his words for me. But with  rich vocals that range from a whisper to a belt, an ease with bringing a variety  of emotions to the lyrics, and intricate, accessible, and surprising  arrangements (many of which she writes herself and with partners), Jungr doesn't just interpret Dylan songs, she re-imagines them.

"I do these songs because I believe in them as pieces of great art," Jungr  related after one of her recent shows. "If the by-product of the show is that it  creates new fans of the songs, that's wonderful but it isn't my intention. I  completely get it that people may like or dislike some of the arrangements,  particularly if they have relationships with certain songs. But people have come  up to me and said they used to hate this song or that song and now they love it.  The personal relationship people in New York have to Dylan and his songs has  proved to be wonderfully alive, and his fans have been very generous to me. They  completely get that I love his work so it's like we're sharing a bond."

Jungr creates that bond through her energy and passion for the material,  which is evident from the first bars of "Tangled Up in Blue," which becomes a  jazzy, finger-snapping opener (Barb provides percussion with an egg shaker), and  during which she speaks some of the lyrics with her decidedly adorable British  accent. With her reddish-orange hair framed by blondish streaks and wearing a  colorful print dress over black leggings, on stage she looks like a mature 1960s  flower-child. She then refers to "It Ain't Me Babe" as a "mean love song," and  proceeds to offer it as an introspective ballad. During her October Met Room  run, Jungr had observed that Dylan "doesn't have a conversation with his  feminine side," which made hearing his songs sensitively delivered by a female  all the more fascinating.

Jungr also brings a cheeky sense of humor to her between-songs script  (reminiscent of Jennifer Saunders' character in the classic British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, only with less flakiness), an ideal juxtaposition  to the intensely emotional numbers. Barb is both profound and funny when she  refers to trying to uncover the messages in Dylan's lyrics as like "peeling a  never-ending onion of oblivion." But her comedic gift of gab can sometimes send  her on wacky and charming tangents, as when she related doing a Dylan show on a  makeshift stage at a cattle market in Yorkshire, which was distinguished by "the  delicate smell of dung and disinfectant." Then she delivered "The Times They Are  a Changin'" as a lyric poem, featuring a jazzy scat break and a pulsating  keyboard interlude from her pianist, MAC-award winner Tracy  Stark (who also provides subtle background vocals throughout the set).


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