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Barb Jungr - Just Like a Woman (hymn to Nina) - Evening Standard


14 March 2008
Evening Standard
Jack Massarik

Barb Jungr is neither jazz diva nor blues belter, but she does have a compelling way of injecting truth into a song. Her performance power rescued an awkward evening with Marc-Anthony Turnage and the London Sinfonietta last summer, and here it lends a new dimension to the emotionally charged songs of Nina Simone. Backed by a quintet featuring Mark Lockheart's subdued tenor sax and the keyboards of Jenny Carr and Jessica Lauren, Barb gives each lyric time to sink in. She makes familiar songs, including Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood and the title track, sound very different.
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