in the Chicago suburbs, Patricia Barber came by
music naturally: her father, Floyd Shim Barber, was a
saxophonist who had worked with Glenn Millers orchestra,
and she began playing classical piano at the age of 6. But when
her father died three year later, the family moved to Sioux City,
Iowa, and by the time she had graduated high school, Barber
determined to avoid the pitfalls awaiting a woman in jazz
has decided to bury her roots forever, pursuing a double
major in classical music and psychology at the University of
the jazz echoes she thought she banished began to grow louder.
She soon returned to Chicago, and in 1984, landed the gig that
put her (and the venue at which she performed) on the national
jazz map: five nights a week at the intimate Gold Star Sardine
Bar. As her reputation spread, thanks to lionized performances at
the Chicago Jazz Festival (1988) and the North Sea Jazz Festival
(1989), Barber released her major label debut A Distorsion of
Love, in 1992. Two years later, café blue, took the music
world by storm, gaining rave reviews across the nation and
garnering significant airplay on a wide range of FM formats.
Barber was launched into the spotlight.
contains twelve songs, mostly classics of the American
repertoire, mostly four minutes or less in lenght, all presented
with spare trio accompaniment and with deeply respectful absence
of irony. Startling but, upon further consideration, inevitable.
Barber explains, These songs are the library. And they
are what Ive been doing for 20 years. I intentionally
didnt make a recording of all standards before because I
wanted to try to define myself in a different way. Now I feel
like Ive done that. Basically Nightclub is for the fans
whove been with me for all those late night gigs. And
its also for me. Its just time. From the
opening track, Bye Bye Blackbird the fascination of Nightclub
is to hear the astonishing Barber voice (inside) these songs,
giving itself over the material that is (in the words of Keith
Jarrett) part of our tribal language.
of Ted Kurland Associates