Patricia Barber

180-gram 45 RPM L

MSRP: $59.99 USD

Patricia Barber “Higher” 180-GRAM 45-rpm LP

TAS Rated 5/5 Music, 5/5 Sonics in the May/June 2021 Issue of The Absolute Sound!

“Higher bears the earmarks of an audiophile classic: music of substance in excellent sound…”

-Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile Magazine Recording Of The Month


  • The complete Higher song cycles plus three great standards and a special bonus track of “The Opera Song” with noted lyric soprano Katherine Werbiansky
  • Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk New York from engineer Jim Anderson’s original DXD (32 bit/392.8 kHz) files
  • Cut at 45 rpm to bring out every incredible sonic detail with well-rounded, natrual sound
  • Deluxe gatefold jacket and 12-page booklet with spot gloss coating, new session photos and essays and notes from Robert Baird and the creative team.



  1. Muse (Barber)
  2. Surrender (Barber)
  3. Pallid Angel (Barber)


  1. The Opera Song (Barber)
  2. High Summer Season (Barber)
  3. The Albotross Song (Barber)


  1. Voyager (Barber)
  2. Higher (Barber)
  3. Early Autumn (Mercer, Burns, Herman)


  1. In Your Own Sweet Way (Brubeck)
  2. Secret Love (Francis, Frain)
  3. The Opera Song featuring Katherine Werbiansky (Barber)


Recorded and Mixed by JIM ANDERSON

Mastered by SCOTT HULL at Masterdisk New York

This LP release is a revelation. It might just be the most harmonically accurate and natural-sounding LP pressing to hit my turntable in the last couple of years.

Higher bears the earmarks of an audiophile classic: music of substance in excellent sound…

-Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile Magazine Recording Of The Month

Few performers in or out of jazz are as consistently brilliant as Patricia Barber. …Brainy. Beautiful.

-Jazz Times

It’s about love for music, and love as music.

-Tyran Grillo, All About Jazz

If you appreciate jazz vocal artistry in the highest possible sound quality, Patricia Barber’s Higher belongs in your collection.

-Mark Werlin, NATIVEDSD.com

…from a textual and musical point of view, Higher is a poetic gem that far surpasses Barber’s previous works. And that is remarkable for an artist who has set the bar extremely high for herself for three decades.

-Marc De Boer, Hi Fi NL

…it deftly demonstrates the element that has kept us Barber fans going all these years – the intricate trio that provides a setting for the sincere, humble, irresistible talent of a Chicago gem.

-Jeff Cebulski, Chicago Jazz Magazine, Mr. C’s Reviews

Layered with multiple meanings, these introspective songs require and reward repeated listening. Inventive takes on three standards from the Great American Songbook fill out the program. The contributions from Barber’s instrumental quartet are first-class. Immediate, close-up, transparent sonics.

-Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound, May/June 2021, Music 5/5, Sonics 5/5