- Audio CD (19 Feb. 2016)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Linn Records
- ASIN: B0196IPPAQ
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Shelter From The Storm: Songs Of Hope For Troubled Times
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Barb Jungr's profoundly original arrangements of contemporary American songs have seen her recognised as one of the most important interpreters of the works of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.
Her unrivalled ability as an enthralling song stylist brings new depth and insight into songs by Dylan, Cohen, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim & Bernstein and Peter Gabriel.
Shelter From The Storm also includes three brand new songs written by Jungr and pianist Laurence Hobgood , well-known for his GRAMMY Award-winning hard-core jazz and partnership with Kurt Elling.
Of his first major collaboration since Elling, Hobgood stated I'm not just thrilled to be collaborating with Barb Jungr; I am energized, inspired, and downright giddy at having matched with a musicians singer - a superb vocalist whose musical intelligence is its own formidable, evolved force with which to reckon.
Together Jungr and Hobgood are an exciting tour de force, skilfully supported by Michael Olatuja (bass) and Wilson Torres (percussion). These songs of hope are a much-needed antidote to today's troubled times; an uplifting message superbly realised by Jungr.
Through her passionate, sensitive and intelligent reinterpretations, Jungr continues to ensure that the work of many artists lives on in vibrant and re-energised ways. Building connections across material, making old songs new again, bringing soul and song to everything, Shelter From the Storm stands as further testament to Jungr's ever-evolving powers as a performer.
Barb Jungr's superb new album, which features, amongst others, the great American jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood, is subtitled Songs Of Hope For Troubled Times. The times be troubled indeed but many of the songs, rather than straightforwardly offering hope, are distinctly and satisfyingly ambiguous. Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Bali Hai', for example, one of two songs from the Great American Songbook, holds out the promise of a paradise-on-earth but surely has a melancholic subtext; Bob Dylan's Shelter From The Storm' initially seems to testify to the redemptive power of love but the lyrics finally convey regret at the failure of the relationship alluded to; and on Joni Mitchell's 'Woodstock' the music joltingly undermines the lyrics' optimism. And, never mind ambiguity, some of the songs are downright pessimistic. Dylan's 'All Along The Watchtower' is surely full of dread while, although the meaning of David Bowie's peculiar, dizzyingly allusive 'Life On Mars' is obscure, it's hard to detect anything positive in the lyrics. So, Jungr may not provide much of the promised hope but, characteristically, she sings with enormous intellectual and emotional clarity on a marvellously eclectic repertoire which also includes three literate originals. --Trevor Hodgett
Perhaps the biggest surprise on Shelter is the quality of Jungr's own compositions. Stars Lazy But Shining is a straight-ahead jazz tune, and could easily pass for a classic from the American songbook, whilst Venus Rising is less jazzy, but fits with the other singer-songwriter material on the album. Hymn To Nina, as the name suggests, is a heartfelt tribute to Nina Simone, and is the pick of the bunch all the more effective because Jungr does not try to mimic Simone's unique style, but sings about what Nina meant to her. --kindofjazz.com
Barb Jungr has firmly established herself as one of the UKs foremost jam vocalists and on her new studio album she's teamed up with one of US's finest progressive and contemporary jazz pianists, Laurence Hobgood. The pair have crafted three new songs (which are well worth the admission alone), but the bulk of the album is taken up by covers of classics by the likes Dylan (including a fabulous Shelter From The Storm), Cohen, Springsteen, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Bowie. Wonderful. The Crack Magazine.
Barb Jungr (v), Laurence Hobgood (p), Michael Olatuja (b) and Wilson Torres (d, perc). Rec. 11-12 July 2015
Vocalist Barb Jungr pulls off quite a coup on her ninth album for Linn, securing the services of Kurt Elling's erstwhile pianist and arranger, Laurence Hopgood. Subtitled Songs Of Hope For Troubled Times, Jungr captures the longing at the heart of album opener 'Bali Hai' to moving effect. Especially noted for her interpretations of Dylan and Cohen, it comes as no surprise that 'Shelter From The Storm' and 'Sisters of Mercy' are both standouts. Full of subtle reharmonisations, metrical shifts, and the contrasting (occasionally layered) timbres of acoustic and electric pianos - and even some atmospheric whistling on 'All Along The Watchtower/In Your Eyes' - Hobgood's arrangements are outstanding, serving to cast the material in an entirely new light. Olatuja and Torres complete the always empathetic quartet. The album includes a trio of urbane originals penned by Jungr and Hobgood, of which 'Venus Rising' lingers longest in the memory. The swinging version of 'Life On Mars' which closes the door on this fine album possesses a special poignancy. Peter Quinn - Jazzwise 4 Star
The thinking person's cabaret singer edges closer towards jazz, teaming up with the American pianist Laurence Hobgood, best known as chief collaborator with even more cerebral Kurt Elling. The bassist Michael Olatuja and the percussionist Wilson Torres complete a sleek line-up.Just about the best Dylan interpreter around,Jungr dissects the title song against a McCoy Tyner-ish backdrop. West Side Story's Something's Coming is slyly funky, and there's a skittish waltz on Bowie's Life On Mars. Stars Lazy But Shining is the pick of the originals. --The Sunday Times