Barb Jungr

In an era during which rap and electronic music rose to commercial ascendancy, cabaret music could have easily become, to say the least, a quaint, passé art form. But during the last quarter of the 20th century, an alternative cabaret circuit developed and actually began to thrive throughout pockets of Europe. One of its catalysts and mainstays was Barb Jungr.

Among Great Britain's best-kept secrets, she helped spread the word as a writer, advocate, and educator, but more importantly as one of the genre's most bracing and distinctive practitioners; a "chansonnier" who extended the French and German art song tradition into a new millennium by mixing it with jazz, blues, folk, world, and pop music.

By the end of the 90s, Jungr had begun to contribute songs to various cabaret compilations, often for Irregular Records, which also released the singer's Bare, a collection of intriguing covers (Jacques Brel, Ray Davies, Kris Kristofferson) and original compositions. It was not, however, until her next record, Chanson: The Space in Between, that the full range of her abilities were brought to record. Released on Linn Records, Chanson was full of beautifully expressive performances of songs by Brel, Jacques Prévert, Léo Ferré, and Cole Porter, often in fresh, specially commissioned translations and with unique arrangements. Britain's Sunday Times named it to its year-end jazz Top Ten list.

Jungr followed up the album with the luminous Every Grain of Sand, a whole set from the pen of Bob Dylan, who she treated as a stylist on a par with the greats of American song. The album was launched live in England with a sold-out run at the Soho Theatre, and led to a traveling showcase that Jungr took to New York City in the autumn of 2002.

Released to coincide with Dylan’s 70th birthday, Man in the Long Black Coat is almost a sequel to Every Grain of Sand, in that it consists entirely of Dylan songs. However, it is not a completely new album. Instead, it compiles all the Dylan tracks from Jungr’s post-2002 Linn albums and adds versions of four Dylan songs not previously recorded by her.

Covering Bob Dylan's Songs seemed to be her new career. In 2014 Barb Jungr again released an album with covers, his time together with some of Leonard Cohen's. It was the 2014 album from the UK's finest interpreter of song.

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Barb Jungr's Dylan-Related Discography

JBC - Durga Rising

JBC - Durga Rising

Blind Willie McTell

JBC was: Barb Jungr, Kuljit Bhamra & Russell Churney

Waterloo Sunset

Waterloo Sunset

2003

Like A Rolling Stone
High Water (For Charlie Patton)

Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender

2005 Available from:  amazon.co.uk..or..amazon.de

Tomorrow Is A Long Time
I Shall Be Released

Walking In The Sun

Walking In The Sun

2006 - More info at  Linn Records  and  barbjungr.com
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Trouble In Mind
Blind Willie McTell

Just Like A Woman (Hymn to Nina)

Just Like A Woman (Hymn to Nina)

2008 - tribute to Nina Simone
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Just Like A Woman
The Times They Are A-Changin'
The Ballad of Hollis Brown

No Regrets: The Remarkable Barb Jungr

No Regrets: The Remarkable Barb Jungr

2007 - Australian comp

If Not for You
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
I Shall Be Released
Not Dark Yet

Shelter from the Storm: Songs of Hope for Troubled Times

Shelter from the Storm: Songs of Hope for Troubled Times

2016

Shelter From the Storm
All Along the Watchtower

The Men I Love: The New American Songbook

The Men I Love: The New American Songbook

2010

You Ain't Going Nowhere

Stockport to Memphis

Stockport to Memphis

2012

Lay Lady Lay

 

Every Grain Of Sand

  • Jungr, Barb - Every Grain of Sand: Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan

    Jungr, Barb - Every Grain of Sand: Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan

    1. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
    2. If Not for You
    3. Things Have Changed
    4. Ring Them Bells
    5. Not Dark Yet
    6. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
    7. Is Your Love in Vain?
    8. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
    9. I Want You
    10. Sugar Baby
    11. Born in Time
    12. What Good Am I?
    13. Tangled Up in Blue
    14. Forever Young
    15. Every Grain of Sand

The Man In The Long Black Coat

  • Jungr, Barb - The Man In The Long Black Coat

    Jungr, Barb - The Man In The Long Black Coat

    1. Man in the Long Black Coat
    2. The Times They Are A-Changin'
    3. It Ain't Me Babe
    4. Just Like a Woman
    5. Like a Rolling Stone
    6. Trouble in Mind
    7. Tomorrow Is a Long Time
    8. High Water (For Charlie Patton)
    9. Sara
    10. Ballad of Hollis Brown
    11. Blind Willie McTell
    12. With God on Our Side
    13. I Shall Be Released

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