Patricia Barber: Just One of Those Things


Just One of Those Things


Patricia Barber (vocals, piano)


The Cole Porter Mix

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Patricia Barber (vocals, piano), Chris Potter (tenor sax),

Neal Alger (guitar), Michael Arnopol (bass), Eric Montzka (drums, percussion)


Composed by Cole Porter


Recorded: Chicago, December 15-21, 2007


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Patricia Barber tackles this Cole Porter standard at a rapid-fire pace, but never loses the meaning of the words even when the changes fly by like fence posts along the highway. The opening half-chorus is driven by voice and bass, but when Chris Potter enters on tenor, he takes charge of the track. His solo is a blazing patterns-from-hell workout that beats the song into total submission. By the time Barber returns, ready to paint the town, we have almost forgotten where we were. But the vocalist wisely avoids trying to match the tenorist note for note—heck, Potter sounds like he is revving up to go another 12 rounds—and instead steers the band into a comfy coda. Phew!

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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