Patricia Barber - Modern Cool (2LP)
Patricia Barber - Modern Cool (2LP)
Patricia Barber - Modern Cool (2LP)
Patricia Barber - Modern Cool (2LP)
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Patricia Barber - Modern Cool (2LP)
Patricia Barber - Modern Cool (2LP)
Patricia Barber - Modern Cool (2LP)
Patricia Barber - Modern Cool (2LP)

Patricia Barber - Modern Cool (2LP)

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Patricia Barber - piano, vocal, table knives on strings [click here to see more vinyl featuring Patricia Barber]

Michael Arnopol, bass

John McLean, guitar

Mark Walker, drums, percussion, prepared kit, tin can-o-phone

Dave Douglas, trumpet

Jeff Stitely, udu ("Constantinople")

Choral Thunder Vocal Choir ("Love, Put On Your Faces")


2LPs, gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Premonition Records

Original label : Premonition Records

Recorded and mixed at "Chicago Recording Company" Studio 4 on May 15-19, 2000

Mastered for Vinyl by Doug Sax from the original analog mixes at The Mastering Lab, Ojai, CA

Produced by Patricia Barber

Originally released in 1998

Reissued in 2014


Side A :

  1. Touch Of Trash
  2. Winter
  3. Let It Rain

Side B:

  1. Company
  2. Silent Partner
  3. Light My Fire

Side C:

  1. You & The Night & The Music
  2. Love, Put On Your Faces
  3. She's A Lady

Side D:

  1. Constantinople
  2. Postmodern Blues
  3. Let It Rain – Vamp


Awards :

Stereophile Record to Die For

2013 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album.

Reviews :

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

« The dark, smoky voice of Patricia Barber is quite haunting. On Modern Cool, she mostly sings downbeat songs at slow tempos. All but three songs are her own originals, and they deal with such subject matter as a "homage to beauty" that seems to connect painting one's face with prostitution, loneliness, mindless conformity, the "postmodern blues" and other depressing topics. Even her treatments of "You and the Night and the Music" and "Light My Fire" make one think that she is utterly bored with life. Barber, whose piano playing is mostly very much in the background, comes across on this set as a pop/folk singer. Most of the jazz moments are provided by trumpeter Dave Douglas, who is on half of the selections and adds some much-needed excitement; guitarist John McLean, bassist Michael Arnopol, and drummer/percussionist Mark Walker complete the group. This set is definitely for specialized tastes. » AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow


Ratings :

AllMusic : 2.5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.69 / 5 , Downbeat : 5 stars

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