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…
Few performers in or out of jazz are as consistently brilliant as Patricia Barber. …Brainy. Beautiful.
It’s about love for music, and love as music.
If you appreciate jazz vocal artistry in the highest possible sound quality, Patricia Barber’s Higher belongs in your collection.
…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.
…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.
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.