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Similar in concept to her earlier classic NIGHTCLUB, CLIQUE! gives Patricia and her long-time band (Jon Deitemyer, drums; Patrick Mulcahy, bass; Neal Alger, guitar; Jim Gailloreto, tenor sax) a stellar showcase for their telepathic musical communication and consummate jazz chops. Barber said of recording an all-standards album:
"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."
These are relaxed, communal sessions. Her core trio ride up and down, in and out of Barber's complex, sensitive playing and singing. Their support allows 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, and Jim Anderson invite you to experience the music, revel in the mastery, and join the Clique!
The HQ180 pressing of Patricia Barber's Clique! is a shining example of what can happen when seemingly divergent technologies (that some feel are completely at odds with each other) come together to produce results that are supremely musical. And isn't listening to great music what it's all about, anyway? Patricia Barber's Clique! is a superb album of sometimes offbeat but always inspired performances that demand to be heard, and if you're into analog, you can't go wrong with this outstanding LP. Congrats to Abey Fonn and everyone involved at Impex Records for yet another reference quality album. Very highly recommended!
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.
- Audiophile 180g Vinyl LP
- Recorded & Mixed by Jim Anderson in DXD Ultra-High Resolution (32bit/352.8 kHz) & Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk
- Lacquer Cutting by Scott Hull at Masterdisk NY
- Pressed at RTI
- Strikingly Designed Packaging with Never-Before-Seen Photos & Fascinating Essays by Jazz Times' Thomas Conrad, Former NPR Correspondent Susan Stamberg, Jim Anderson & Patricia Barber
|Patricia Barber||piano, vocals|
- This Town
- Trouble Is a Man
- Samba de Una Nota Só (One Note Samba)
- I Could Have Danced All Night
- The In Crowd
- Shall We Dance?
- Straight No Chaser
- All In Love Is Fair