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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
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The Times
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Theater Scene
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NY Theatre Wire
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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
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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
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
'It is exciting to savor what Jungr does with Dylan"
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"Bob Dylan's songs are a-changin' when Barb Jungr tries them on."
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New York Times
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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
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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 Live in US - Woman Around Town


26 October 2011
Woman Around Town
Alix Cohen

I'm an old fashioned purist. If interpretation is not in service of lyrics, I don't care how well a performer sings. I ‘m therefore doubly surprised and delighted to discover the splendid entertainer Barb Jungr (I know I'm late) who not only communicates with fine voice and style, but has rethought the songs of Bob Dylan with originality grounded in the writing and intention. "I didn't come to Bob Dylan in my first flush," she tells us," I was a Motown girl. I'm a born again Bob Dylan person." Discovery out of context may be pivotal to her unique perspective.

Man in the Long Black Coat is beautifully researched and crammed with sharp humor. Jungr is extremely likeable. She inhabits songs which seem to then control her expressive face and body. Dylan's folk and gospel periods are exemplified, sometimes as ballads where the original recordings were folk rock. Numbers tilting towards blues and jazz work with fresh musicality.

"What Dylan's particularly good at for me is the dark hole of love. It's full of passion, rage, jealousy and fury." Observations about relationships in the author's life are bright and informing. We learn about the woman on the cover of "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" and are offered an insightful point of view on his time with Joan Baez. A rendition of "Sara," apparently written for his wife during their divorce, is extremely moving. Jungr almost keens when she sings it, one open-handed arm on her knee, rocking slightly back and forth. "...you must forgive me my unworthiness..." Examples of Dylan's quintessentially male psyche ring smart and true. A distinctly Spanish influenced arrangement of "Things Have Changed" is exhibit A. Tracy Stark effectively comes in on the chorus.

Jungr cuts to the quick. "It Ain't Me, Babe" is interpreted as "I've gone off you...there's somebody (else) in my house, my bed." Softer lyrics have a trill, consonants bend. Piano arpeggios provide a compelling undertow.

Vocal clarity makes selections ring with pith and meaning of which even we Boomers may not have been fully aware. The iconic "Times They Are a' Changin," "Like a Rolling Stone," and the anthem-like "Forever Young" on which the audience comes in with clarion cry, join lesser known numbers like the beautiful title song, and "Blind Willie McTell" during which Jungr sings some pristine acapella before the bump-de-ump piano rhythmically rips in. Variety with balance is in effect.

The singer's middle range vocals are equally confident whether phrasing is velvet or raw, punctuated attitude. She's able to convey sweetness as well as anger, sing a single word in ten notes, and has seemingly effortless control over the longest, most intricate lines imaginable. Jungr ably scats and plays an enthusiastic harmonica. At full throttle, she's enthralling.

Tracy Stark's vocal harmonies are a welcome addition to her skilled accompaniment.


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