“THE HARMONIC LANGUAGE OF JAZZ, AS WELL AS THAT OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK, IS CERTAINLY RICH—LOOK HOW MUCH HAS COME OUT OF IT—BUT IT’S CIRCUMSCRIBED. I STARTED WANTING TO HEAR SOMETHING ELSE.” —Patricia Barber
Patricia Barber, the performer known for boldly blurring the lines between poetry, jazz, and art song, has announced the forthcoming release of a new all-standards album Clique, now available in breathtaking hi-fi on RTI-pressed HQ-180 LP. The long-awaited successor to Nightclub, her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite first all-standards album, Clique features a tracklist of tunes that Barber has frequently performed as encores throughout her illustrious career, including classics by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stevie Wonder, Lee Hazlewood, Lerner & Loewe, Thelonious Monk and more. After growing an international cult following, earning the first-ever Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to a non-classical songwriter, and becoming an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Patricia Barber is back with a “silk, velvet, languid, warm” journey through music history as she “respects traditions, bends them to make her own points, and freshens them into something new,” as noted in the album liner notes by NPR’s Susan Stamberg.
These are relaxed, communal sessions. Her long-time core duo of bassist Patrick Mulcahy and drummer Jon Deitemyer ride up and down, in and out of Barber’s complex, sensitive playing and reflective singing. The support of her long-term players, along with guitarist Neal Alger and saxophonist Jim Gailloretto allow her to shine brightly while digging out striking moments for their own unique contributions. The chemistry is palpable, all-encompassing. This group’s long-developed synergy—painstakingly curated by these musicians for years—provides both a metaphor and the perfect title for her new album.
Impex Records, Patricia Barber, Jim Anderson invite you to experience the music, revel in the mastery, and join the Clique!
Recorded by Grammy-winning engineer, Jim Anderson in DXD ultra-high resolution (32bit/ 352.8 kHz), mixed by Anderson at Skywalker Sound, and mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering.
Technical Producer Ulrike Schwarz, Anderson Audio New York
Recorded using Merging+Clock U Technologies & Music Chords Power Distribution
HQ-180 pressing by RTI
Strikingly designed packaging with never-before-seen photos and engaging essays by Jazz Times’ Thomas Conrad, NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg, Grammy-winning engineer – Jim Anderson, and Patricia Barber.
“Clique is an exceptional recording; one of those rare events where all elements of the creative process amalgamate to yield a record of perfect performances and technical brilliance.” -Tom Gibbs, Positive Feedback
The harmonic language of jazz, as well as that of the Great American Songbook, is certainly rich – look how much has come out of it – but it’s circumscribed. I started wanting to hear something else. -Patricia Barber
Flying by at 45 minutes, Patricia Barber’s new album is everything I want when a great vocalist rethinks songs that have been covered over and over. Daring, rhythmic, warming, exciting, and immediately accessible… This luscious album is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. -Tony Frankel, stageandcinema.com
These time-honored songs, lovingly curated, arranged, and performed by pianist/vocalist Patricia Barber and her band, are at last seeing the light of day when the world needs them more than ever. Pristinely recorded, Clique assembles what began as encores to live performances into an experience all its own. -JazzBluesNews
While [Clique] still has everything that makes a Patricia Barber album all her own, her singing style, piano playing, phrasing, and arranging, it has an undeniable sense of coolness and a consistent infectious groove that just grabs you and doesn’t let go. Yes, the songs are all recognizable standards, but Patricia Barber handily takes them and makes each her own while still keeping it all sounding appealing and approachable for an admitted jazz neophyte like myself… The sound quality is superb with an excellent sense of body and detail that has been captured in her vocals along with the ringing and decay of her piano notes that sounds just right. Throughout the album, the acoustic bass sounds fantastic with a visceral impact to the notes and plenty of string detail in the plucks. But putting all the sound-geekery aside for a moment, just listening to ‘Clique’ on any good-sounding system or pair of headphones is a really joyous experience. The music itself is absolutely top-shelf and I highly recommend checking it out. -Carlo Lo Raso, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity