From 1994-2002, the arresting pianist, vocalist and composer Patricia Barber recorded five albums for the then young Premonition Records label. These discs earned critical acclaim and also made her one of the biggest stars in jazz, with a following that sill extends beyond that idiom’s core audience. In 2007, Premonition released an expansive box set, entitled Patricia Barber, The Premonition Years, 1994-2002. The box set – which fully captured Barber’s unique mélange of modern pop, revered standards and inventive originals -- was created with the idea that the three individual CDs would one day be issued separately. Now, Premonition is doing just that. Barber is a gifted and innovative interpreter of revered standards. Her career was launched at famed Chicago clubs like The Gold Star Sardine Bar and The Green Mill where she earned a loyal following performing classic vocal jazz. This disc presents a collection of Barber’s best standards recorded for Premonition.
“Barber’s hushed, sensuous version of ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ hasn’t been bettered since Miles Davis last took the old standby out for a spin.” TIME
“It was as if a skylark had swallowed a bassoon that first moment singer/pianist Patricia Barber opened her mouth; a blues-hooting, nervously flittering bird with smartly semantic wiseacre lyrics beating her own drum vocally and rhythmically. … Premonition is where she learned to fly.” JAZZ TIMES