Patricia Barber: Yesterdays
Patricia Barber (vocals, piano)
Nightclub (Blue Note 7243 5 27290 2 9)
Patricia Barber (vocals, piano),
Marc Johnson (bass), Adam Nussbaum (drums).
Composed by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach.
Recorded: Chicago, May 15-19, 2000
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Among the wave of new female singers that came to prominence in the last decade of the 20th century, Patricia Barber is certainly the most original. First because she's a great pianist, second because she's a unique singer. Her piano influences are easy to trace, at least to Bill Evans, but her voice is so deeply personal that it stamps its own mark on whatever she sings, from a timeless standard, as here, to a pop tune by the Doors. In a trio setting, she creates a haunting atmosphere with lush chords and hushed voice while bass and drums softly dance around her piano until rising to dramatic heights during her intense solo.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum