Barber in concert ... well worth the outing
Had the absoulte pleasure of seeing Patricia Barber in concert in Montreal last night. Most excellent performance.. Although NOT accompaginied by Dave Douglas(Trumpet), the performance by Arnopol(Bass), Alger(Guitar)and Eric Monzaka(Drums) was excellent especially Monzaka, if ever a smooth drummer exisits, I found and heard him last night.
Contrary to her Verse CD (most recent) the concert was I would say heavier on the insturmentals, there was still lots of the a-typical Barber vocals, but this concert really got emphesized by some excellent playing.
Barber, in typical, not skilled in public relations was very involved in the concert, telling which lights to kill or brighten and where to accentuate one instrument or another , all done by hand signs. She is a true professional and a hell of a Pianist.. I would ever rate her as one of the top Jazz Pianist today.
She mixed a lot of her new Album with some of her older stuff..
Overall an exceptional show that lasted approx 1.5 hrs and one more thing I have to add, the acoustics were excellent (how rare is that in any venue !!!!!)
I recommend you go to her web site and look on her tour schedule for a city near you ( http://www.bluenote.com/tourdates.asp )..If you want to witness cream of the crop in todays Jazz..look no further !