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Patricia Barber Smashes Past Convention


Written by Peggy Hogan   

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 


Patricia Barber is a fiercely individual, critically lauded jazz vocalist, pianist and composer. After a few decades worth of education, honors and awards and fifteen full-length albums, Barber will be making a rare tour to promote her latest offering, Smash. Times Square spoke to the enigmatic figure about her place in jazz as a woman and as a composer.

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Patricia Barber’s Smash
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On January 22, the Chicago-based singer and pianist Patricia Barber released Smash, her debut on the Concord Jazz imprint. Both musically and lyrically, the 12 original tracks on the new disc showcase an artist in fine form. In addition to being a compellingly eclectic tunesmith, Barber remains, as ever, a poetic, exacting lyricist.

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On 'Smash,' her 12th album, and debut on her new record label Concord Jazz, Patricia continues her crusade to retrieve the ground that jazz musicians long ago ceded to pop and rock: the realm of the intelligent and committed singer-songwriter. With a new band and a dozen new compositions, she tackles even familiar subjects (like love and loss) with a nuance and depth beyond the limits of the Great American Songbook. Audiophiles should know that Smash reunites Barber with recording engineer Jim Anderson.