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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
'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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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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Nightlife Exchange
'There are many highlights and surprises in this profoundly original approach to Dylan.'
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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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NY Culture
"...the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far"
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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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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 Telegraph
4 Stars
"Communicating real, heart-felt emotion is what this cabaret singer is all about."
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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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Variety
'Wider Stateside recognition is in order.'
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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 at the Sage - Bebop Spoken Here


19 November 2010
Bebop Spoken Here
Ann Alex

Every now and then I go to hear a singer that I've never heard of before. I'm so glad I did go to this concert with Barb Jungr as I can only describe the experience as WOW!

Don't ask me to classify her singing as it fits no category I've ever heard of except So Good.

Just Simon Wallace on the grand piano and Barb Jungr perched on a high stool, wearing a long dress with a jagged red and silver pattern.

Barbr told us she would sing the songs of male song writers that she loved who wrote ‘post Great American Songbook'. She began with Mark Cohen's Walking in Memphis, sung in her own vigorous style, almost all on one note, every word crystal clear. Changing the tune so much shouldn't work, but it did, gloriously so.

This was followed by Bob Dylan's Ride me High and songs by Neil Diamond, Todd Lundgren, Bruce Springsteen and others. She gave very much her own take on songs such as Paul Simon's tale about living in a small dull town (‘a bit like Rochdale'); Can't Get used to Losing You; Red Red Wine; Witchita Linesman; and Love Hurts. The way she sang brought out fresh meaning to the songs.

Towards the end of the concert Barb treated us to a wonderfully sensitive version of a song about going out into the world aided by the strength of your family (didn't catch the title, sorry, sack the reviewer) and she ended with a feisty version of Lust for Life before running from the stage.

You'd have to hear this singer yourself to understand her skill and style, I'd describe it as feisty, enthusiastic, cabaret-like but with gospel type endings to some songs, and lots of self-deprecating humour. Lots of chat between songs, such as the tale of the 400 year old pianist who accompanied her at Northampton, or comments about which songwriters she'd prefer not to sit next to at a dinner party.

Simon Wallace on piano was wonderful, with lots of jazzy elements and a rippling right hand. He could have given a concert on his own. The audience almost filled level 1 of hall 2, and we were thanked for being there profusely by Ms Jungr, and she really meant it.

See her for yourself. I can't wait for the next time!


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