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Patricia Barber - Companion 2x 180g Vinyl LP 90762-1
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Patricia Barber - Companion 2x 180g Vinyl LP 90762-1

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Patricia Barber - Companion 2x 180g Vinyl LP 90762-1

Companion is a live re-mastered, double-disc vinyl recorded at The Green Mill, in Chicago in 1999. As usual, Barber inhabits each song with her idiosyncratic style.

The opening track on Side 1 is a bold re-working of the 60’s Sonny Bono hit, “The Beat Goes On”. Without sacrificing the hypnotic rhythm pattern, Barber displays a sly, languid vocal after the bass/percussion intro. Her phrasing is agile, and the Hammond organ shading fits the mood.  Keeping the same vibe, “Use Me” interprets Bill Withers as a relaxed, finger-snapping exploration. A lengthy bass solo kicks it off, and then a snaking organ gives the piece a “jazz combo” ambiance. Barber’s soulful cover of “You Are My Sunshine” (one of two previously unreleased tracks) is elegant and poignant. Her piano solo is delicate and adroit, and John McLean’s spacey guitar solo adds a nice touch.

Side 2 is comprised of three original compositions. “Like JT (inspired by Jacky Terrasson)” accelerates the tempo with a percussive piano at the start. The arrangement has bop flair and the rhythm section (Arnopol, Eric Montza and Ruben Alvarez) is hitting on all cylinders. A fusion-like guitar provides an exotic accent. Barber’s vocal prowess is unleashed on “Let It Rain”. On this voice/guitar duet, she embraces her blues/gospel roots. The final track is a beatnik jam with poetic spoken word lyrics that would make Tom Waits proud. The choice of organ accompaniment captures the motley mood.


A1 The Beat Goes On 
A2 Use Me 
A3 You Are My Sunshine 
B1 Like JT 
B2 Let Rain 
B3 Touch Of Trash 
C1 If This Isn't Jazz
C2 So What
D1 Black Magic Woman

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