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Patricia Barber - Modern Cool




Female Vocalists

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APRM 90761
UPC: 669179076119
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

180 Gram LP  
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Patricia Barber's Modern Cool now available on 180-gram vinyl once again!

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"Sonically, one of the best recordings ever made by a jazz singer with a small acoustic ensemble." — Down Beat magazine

"Smart songs about the way we think and live, not just about the way we love. This is the kind of art we need to be on the lookout for everywhere. The 21st century has started. We can't afford to be left behind." — The New York Times

This is another in Premonition Records' recent series of vinyl releases which now includes four Patricia Barber albums and one Von Freeman album. This one was mastered for vinyl by the legendary Doug Sax, pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the new standard in high end audiophile pressing plants and comes in a deluxe, heavy cardboard jacket. Modern Cool earned a coveted 5-star review from DownBeat and was awarded a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album.

Modern Cool was recorded at Chicago Recording Company in early 1998. For many, Modern Cool is the record that brought Patricia Barber to their attention. Its success with critics and jazz fans led Blue Note Records to enter into a "joint imprint" production deal with Premonition Records, the first time they had ever done such a deal in their storied history. Done on the Sony 3348, a 32-track (16/48) digital tape recorder, and mixed down to 2-track, half-inch tape with Dolby SR, this was Barber's first album of mostly original material. Engineer Jim Anderson utilized mostly tube microphones (Brauner and Neumann) and John Hardy M-1 preamps, whose signal was patched to the tape bypassing the console.

Barber offers another strong blending of material as on Cafe Blue but heavier on the originals. Modern Cool features the same band as on Cafe Blue with the addition of trumpet star Dave Douglas. Highlights include Barber's originals "Touch of Trash," "Company," and "Winter," her version of The Doors "Light My Fire" and her setting of an E.E. Cummings poem.

Modern Cool was monumental when it was first released back in 1998. Downbeat gave it 5 stars - saying "Sonically, one of the one of the best recordings ever made by a jazz singer with a small acoustic ensemble."

Side 1
Touch of Trash
Let It Rain

Side 2
Silent Partner
Light My Fire

Side 3
You & The Night & The Music
Love, Put on your faces
She’s A Lady

Side 4
Postmodern Blues
Let It Rain - Vamp

Customer Reviews (2.33 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.

Hot pressing - avoid.

posted on 01/17/2021
2 Stars
Reviewer: ArtG
Music material - 5 stars, pressing 2 for accented sibilance that distracts from performance. Get SACD issues.

Excessive sibilance

posted on 04/04/2019
1 Stars
Reviewer: Dave B
I recently purchased this Modern Cool reissue and if you care about audio quality, it is to be avoided. As noted by the other review, it is a hot pressing and it magnifies the vocal sibilance. It is unlistenable on my system. I have lent this record out to other audiophiles now and they agree. Its bad.

I own the original Premonition CD of Modern Cool and it is fine, no sibilance problems. So, whoever re-did this one for vinyl, made a mistake. It's a shame too, because I really like Modern Cool. Hopefully some day, someone will fix this.

VERY hot recording -- EXCELLENT customer service

posted on 09/19/2015
4 Stars
Reviewer: Cal Liedtke
This Quality Records Pressing of Patricia Barber's MODERN COOL suffers from much of the same problems that the previous Mobil Fidelity Sound Lab vinyl re-issue succumbed to -- it is recorded VERY HOT. Barber's voice is quite sibilant which in my case was so distracting that I could not listen to the LP -- in the same way I had to shelve my MFSL pressing.

However, CUSTOMER SERVICE at Acoustic Sounds was OUTSTANDING! When I called to voice my displeasure I was treated with respect, understanding, and politeness. My issue with this title was resolved to my satisfaction with absolutely no push back.

My CUSTOMER SERVICE experience with Acoustic Sounds is a significant reason why I have purchased records from them in the past and will continue to buy from Acoustic Sounds in the future.

While your QRP pressing of MODERN COOL may be different than mine (I hope) be assured that great customer service will be there to help you.

Last: the MFSL sacd has no vocal sibilants.

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