Linn Records announces the release of its third Barb Jungr album, Waterloo Sunset. Winner of the New York International Artist of the Year (Backstage Bistro Awards, 2003)
Barb Jungr expresses her passionate artistry with this new collection of classic and original material. With the most original voice since Nina Simone or Edith Piaf, Barb carves a unique path through many genres of popular music. This "world-class female vocalist" (Daily Telegraph) has written three original songs for her new album. 'Do You Play Guitar', the album's elegaic opening track, 'Written Down In The Dark Again', a disturbing exploration of sex, and 'Lipstick Lips Lament', a wonderful evocation of classic American song-writing.
She spins the naivety of the Everly Brother's 'Cathy's Clown' into a love story of complex sensuality and manipulative deceit. Leon Russell's 'This Masquerade' resonates with the regret and love affair and Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' is stripped of it's spleen and transformed into an intense psychoanalytical interrogation. Bridging musical styles Barb makes each song her own, from the jazz inspired 'When Do The Bells Ring For Me', through the deep blues of Dylan's 'High Water For Charlie Patton', to the high wire excitement of Richard Thompson's 'The Great Valerio'. The title track is a shimmering version of Ray Davies' 'Waterloo Sunset', long a favourite of Barb’s live audience.
Barb Jungr - vocals
Matt Backer - guitar
Nic France - drums
Geoff Gascoyne - bass
Adrian York - piano
Stuart Hall - violin (Great Valerio)
Produced & arranged by Adrian York
Engineered by Calum Malcolm
Linn AKD 222: Hybrid Super Audio multichannel CD
UK Release date: Monday 3rd November
Adrian York started his musical career playing keyboards in the early 80’s boy-band Roman Holliday. Through the rest of the 80’s and 90’s he successfully combined working in the pop industry as a session musician and MD for artists as diverse as Ronny Jordan, Seal, Shirley Bassey and Lily Savage with a jazz career. For the last few years he has worked as a media composer with many credits in TV, radio and commercials. Present projects include writing music for a drama series on BBC1, production of Mari Wilson’s new album and consultancy work for Disney and other companies on creativity and leadership.
Since the early 1980’s Nic France worked with Loose Tubes, Mose Allison, Ian Shaw, Working Week and appeared on TV with Billy Cobham. Later Nic toured and recorded with Tanita Tikaram and toured with Bill Withers. More recently Nic has been playing in Dave Gilmour’s latest project including live DVD and appeared at Ronnie Scott’s with Andy Sheppard.
Matt Backer has performed and recorded world wide with artists ranging from Sinead O’Connor to Martina Topley Bird via Michael Ball, Harry Hill and all points in between. His compositions have been heard on film soundtracks and television programmes (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The West Wing and Malcolm In The Middle).
Stuart Hall is a virtuosic performer on almost any string instrument you care to mention . he has played mainly jazz and early music (with Steve Arguelles, Lol Coxhill, Django Bates, Orquestra Mahatma, Hermeto Pascoal, Joglaresa, Billy Jenkins, Hungry Ants) and also runs a jazz BA.
Bass player, arranger and song writer Geoff Gascoyne is highly sought after by some of the world’s finest singers. he has worked with Dianne Reeves, Ben Sidran, Guy Barker and Jamie Cullum amongst many others. His quartet played in the soundtrack to the Hollywood film The Talented Mr Ripley. Geoff played on Claire Martin’s latest Linn records album.
Calum Malcolm has an impressive list of past work starting in 1978 as an engineer on Alison Kinnaird’s album Harp Key. Since then Calum has worked either as producer, engineer mixer or even keyboard/vocalist for Brian McNeill, Headboys, Nazareth, all the Blue Nile albums, Runrig, Boys of the Lough, Carol Kidd, Claire Martin, Wet Wet Wet, Tommy Smith, Mike Lindup, Capercaillie, Stephane Grappelli, Tom Anderson, Alastair McDonald, William Jackson, David Newton and Anam.