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The Cole Porter Mix

  • 1. Easy to Love
    2. I Wait for Late Afternoon and You
    3. I Get a Kick out of You
    4. You're the Top
    5. Just One of Those Things
    6. Snow
    7. C'est Magnifique
    8. Get out of Town
    9. I Concentrate on You
    10. In the Still of the Night
    11. What Is This Thing Called Love?
    12. Miss Otis Regrets
    13. New Year's Eve Song, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 014682

  • Credits
    ProducerPatricia Barber; Patricia Barber
    EngineerJim Anderson; John Paul Bellona

    Personnel: Patricia Barber (vocals, melodica, piano); Neal Alger (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Chris Potter (tenor saxophone); Michael Arnopol (bass instrument); Nate Smith , Eric Montzka (drums, percussion); Eric Montza, Nate Smith (drum, percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Jim Anderson .
    Recording information: Chicago recording Company (12/15/2007-12/22/2007).
    Photographer: Chris Strong.
    Pianist and vocalist Patricia Barber has been both criticized and lauded for her unconventional approach to jazz. While cutting a record of standards entitled THE COLE PORTER MIX may seem like Barber's bid for mainstream acceptance, it is anything but. Instead, the artist takes well-worn Porter tunes like "Easy to Love," "I Get a Kick Out of You," and "In the Still of the Night" and deconstructs them with a cool, elegant grace. She also throws in three of her own originals as well. The result invigorates Porter's songbook, rather than slavishly celebrating its familiarity. Help from a crack back-up band, including saxophonist Chris Potter, makes the mix sparkle all the more.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.69) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Barber puts her most personal stamp on a program that includes three fetching originals. Barber's take on Porter is definitive, her modern stance with standards still carrying a punch."
    JazzTimes (p.58) - "[A]ugmenting the eight Porter gems covered here, Barber adds three of her own compositions, all intended to capture the Cole zeitgeist."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Barber and her quartet slow 'I Get A Kick Out Of You' to sensual languor and suffuse 'Miss Otis Regrets' with drama. 'You're The Top' gets a whimsical lyrical update..."
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