Barb Jungr, the iconoclastic British song stylist, makes her Café Carlyle debut.
In The Men I Love, as she has done most notably with the music of Bob Dylan, Jungr re-imagines a flock of contemporary tunes -- many of them rock, folk, blues and R&B classics -- allowing them to take flight in unexpected ways. Rather than egotistically disfiguring them, Jungr fleshes out shadings and meanings that are inherent - if not apparent. "Often very simple songs are loaded with shadows and light," she explains. With a depth of feeling that glows ember-like and a wit and intelligence that flashes like a sword in the sun, Jungr's eye-opening renditions not only surprise, they often fulfill -- miraculously and convincingly -- the true lyric potential of these songs.