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Modern Cool

Patricia Barber

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Exclusively at NativeDSD.Com in Stereo DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 128 & DXD plus 5.1 Channel Surround Sound DSD 256, DSD 128 and DXD thanks to our signature Higher Rates Program

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2023 NativeDSD Album of the Year – Vocals

The new edition of the Grammy Award winning album Modern Cool by Patricia Barber on Impex Records is Exclusively at NativeDSD.Com in Stereo DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 128 and DXD plus 5.1 Channel Surround Sound DSD 256, DSD 128 and DXD.

Album Recording Engineer and Surround Sound Producer Jim Anderson of Anderson Audio NY says “This release faithfully reproduces the original Stereo & 5.1 Surround Sound editions of the album.”

Patricia Barber’s Modern Cool was the recording that made Barber an International Jazz Star with a classic version of Light My Fire, first made famous by The Doors.

On the initial tour for this album, Barber played a four night stand at The Jazz Standard in New York where she was heard by Bruce Lundvall of Blue Note Records. This led to a string of Barber recordings for both Premonition and Blue Note, worldwide touring and unapologetic critical acclaim from which Barber never looked back.

Audiophiles were well aware of Barber from her 1994 Premonition recording Cafe Blue. Sonically, Modern Cool copied the Cafe Blue playbook: same recording studio, engineer, and recording approach. Musically, Barber added trumpeter Dave Douglas to her stellar working band and showcased her original compositions more than on any previous recording.

Grammy-Winning Audiophile Classic now with many First Time features:

  • First time Modern Cool has been offered as a digital download
  • Issued in Stereo & 5.1 Channel Surround Sound digital formats which Patricia Barber prefers for “maximum clarity and definition”

Sonically, one of the best recordings ever made by a Jazz Singer with small acoustic ensemble.
Downbeat, rated 5 stars

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.
New York Times

An Album To Die For.
Stereophile

Tracklist

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1.
Touch Of Trash
05:29
2.
Winter
04:56
3.
You & The Night & The Music
08:06
4.
Constantinople
08:28
5.
Light My Fire
05:24
6.
Silent Partner
05:09
7.
Company
05:44
8.
Let It Rain
05:57
9.
She's A Lady
04:18
10.
Love, Put On Your Faces
05:44
11.
Post Modern Blues
05:55
12.
Let It Rain - Vamp
03:14

Total time: 01:08:24

Additional information

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IMP7003

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A/D Convertor

Pacific Microsonics Model 2 A/D Converter

Mic Preamp

John Hardy M-1

Microphones

Brauner VM-1, DPA 4006, DPA 4007, Neumann USM-69, Sanken CU-41, Sanken CMS-2, Sanken CU-31, AMB-DI

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Original Recording Format

Recording Engineer

Jim Anderson

Recording Location

Chicago Recording Company (CRC), Studio 5

Release DateNovember 10, 2023

Press reviews

Positive Feedback

The version that I’ve become greatly enamored with in recent weeks is taken from Native DSD Music’s new DSD 512 transfer, which is offered in perhaps the finest sound quality this album has ever experienced. (…) this is maybe the most dynamic jazz recording on my entire music server, especially in its new DSD 512 guise.

Positive Feedback

A music track that’s become one of my go-to references for exceptionally good recorded sound is the tune “Company,” that comes from jazz pianist and singer Patricia Barber’s classic 1998 album Modern Cool.

The version that I’ve become greatly enamored with in recent weeks is taken from Native DSD Music’s new Stereo DSD 512 transfer, which is offered in perhaps the finest sound quality this album has ever experienced.

The track features a quartet setting, where Mark Walker’s thunderous, propulsive drumbeat opens the track; Patricia Barber’s smoky/sweet alto voice speaks/sings the vocal entry over the drums, as Michael Arnopol’s subterranean bass underpins the goings-on. As the song continues, Dave Douglas’ trumpet punctuates the proceedings.

This is maybe the most dynamic jazz recording on my entire music server, especially in its new Stereo DSD 512 guise.

JazzTimes

Modern Cool is an atmospheric foray into the off-beat sensibility of Patricia Barber, a young pianist and singer from Chicago. Her compositions are intelligent observations of modern urban life, beginning with “Touch of Trash,” a portrait of a perfectly made-up woman who’s “just a culture short of class.

The New York Times

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.

Down Beat Magazine

Sonically, one of the best recordings ever made by a jazz singer with a small acoustic ensemble.

2L

Wow! This is certainly a candidate for Best Surround Sound Album of 2012. A marvellous product.

CNET

Sultry jazz singer Patricia Barber’s “Modern Cool” album was a hit with the audiophile crowd soon after its release in 1998, so I was surprised to see it come out on Blu-ray with a new 5.1-channel DTS Master Audio mix. Even more surprised that the surround mix totally works. You’re in the middle of the band, which I usually don’t care for, but it clicks here. Barber wrote a lot of the tunes, but her cover of the Doors’ “Light My Fire” is a standout track.

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