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Patricia's ecm date
on March 27, 2014
Released on the relatively small and now probably defunct Antilles record label , Ms. Barber's superb late November of 1991 recorded debut certainly must be her best . A brilliant showcase for a core trio of modern creative jazz masters ; Wolfgang Muthspiel (guitar) , Marc Johnson (bass) and Adam Nussbaum (drums and various percussion) . A finer modern trio can , indeed , be equaled but this assemblage handles this material with such skill and dexterity , continuity of mood and understanding , why search elsewhere .
As to the singer/pianist herself ? Her singing and voice are a matter of taste (as indicated elsewhere here) and most true . I don't think one can really be critical of the marvelous , deft , varied and lovely keyboards of Ms. Barber . Some of these songs have lyrics . Some are wordlessly vocal and still others are all instrumental .The quartet leader gives ample and copious opportunity for the various musicians to express themselves in service of the songs . Many of the tunes either start with lengthy instrumental introductions or continue long after their "born on" date (when the singing portion of the song has halted) .
I must have spun this five or six times while on the road today . Blasting the whole recording while driving about . I truly do feel , had this been an ecm recording led by any number of various female vocalists culled from that label's roster , it would be regarded as essential . Hear what I mean .