Patricia Barber Clique MQA CD

Patricia Barber

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2022 Grammy Award Nominee:
• Best Immersive Audio Album: Clique

MQA Encoded CD!
Mixed by Jim Anderson at Skywalker Sound!
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering!
Includes Never-Before-Seen Photos & Essays!

Voted One of the 10 Best New Releases Of 2021 by JazzTimes' A.D. Amorosi!

Michael Fremer Rated 10/11 Music, 11/11 Sonics!

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, due out August 6, 2021 in breathtaking hi-fi. 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 Gailloreto 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, and Jim Anderson invite you to experience the music, revel in the mastery, and join the Clique!

Read and/or listen to Jazz.FM's Heather Bambrick's interview with Patricia here!

"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 Read more!

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
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
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,
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.
Enthralling, vulnerable, and ethereal [with a] classic feel.
[Barber's] tender approach to the lyrics comes juxtaposed with the fiery edge of her piano playing, in signature Barber fashion.
- WNYC (Sunday New Standards)
From its Sensurround production to its sympathetic, intuitive musicianship, Clique is as deliciously offbeat as any of Barber's magnetic all-original displays.
Perceptive, intellectually honest, and, at times, compellingly dark...undeniably and unpretentiously cool.
-WRTI, Jazz Album of the Week
Perfect performances and technical brilliance...Clique is a truly outstanding listening experience.
-Copper Magazine (PS Audio)
Barber is one of the most important forces in the evolving idiom of jazz
First-class, close-up, transparent.
-The Absolute Sound
A must listen [full of] engineering prowess, amazing vocals, and excellent musicians.
-Part-Time Audiophile
...Very transparent. There's a lot of fine detail and the space is very real...There is a sense of physicality and the sound quality sounds very good...Brilliant.
-Liu Hansheng, AudioArt
As good as the vinyl sounds cut by Scott Hull at Masterdisk, it only sounds great until you hear the MQA edition through a good DAC. The DXD file sounds better than the disc's DSD layer: cleaner transients, greater transparency, etc. Is this Jim Anderson's best sounding Barber album yet? I don't like to dance on the head of a superlative so let's just say it's a 'you are there' recording. If you're used to the vinyl edition and then hear the DXD version, you'll know from the opening bass line of Lee Hazelwood's 'This Town' that this version is in another class. Barber's voice sounds 'sweet' on the LP. She sounds eerily in your room on the master file. There's a serious uptick in overall transparency and macrodynamic detail and resolution. If you like Patricia Barber you'll love this album of well chosen and interpreted standards with Barber backed by a trio of sympathetic musical souls. The sound of Neal Alger's guitar alone should knock you back in your seat. The same is true of Barber's performances. Her 'One Note Samba', which she sings in Portuguese as a languid meditation is a highlight.
-Michael Fremer, Tracking Angle, Music 10/11, Sound 11/11


  • MQA Encoded CD
  • MQA CD plays back on all CD players
  • When a conventional CD player is connected to an MQA-enabled device, the CD will reveal the original master quality
  • Recorded by Grammy-winning engineer Jim Anderson in DXD ultra-high resolution (32bit/352.8 kHz)
  • Mixed by Jim Anderson at Skywalker Sound
  • 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
  • Pressed at Sonopress in Germany
  • Strikingly designed packaging with never-before-seen photos & engaging essays by Jazz Times' Thomas Conrad, NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg, Jim Anderson & Patricia Barber


Patricia Barber piano, vocals
Jim Gailloreto saxophone
Neal Alger guitar
Patrick Mulcahy bass
Jon Deitemyer drums


  1. This Town
  2. Trouble Is A Man
  3. Mashup
  4. Samba De Uma Nota Só (One Note Samba)
  5. I Could Have Danced All Night
  6. The In Crowd
  7. Shall We Dance?
  8. Straight No Chaser
  9. All In Love Is Fair

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