For audiophiles seeking natural perfection of sound and performance, Patricia Barber fits this bill, boldly blurring lines between poetry, jazz, and art song. Her latest all standards album “Clique” features a track list of tunes that Barber has frequently performed as encores throughout her career, including classics by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stevie Wonder, Lee Hazlewood, Thelonious Monk and more. Joining her on Clique are is the longtime core duo of bassist Patrick Mulcahy and drummer Jon Deitemyer, each who add to her sensitive keyboard playing and reflective singing, along with guitarist Neal Alger and saxophonist Jim Gailloreto who allow her to shine brightly. Their chemistry developed by these musicians over the years provides both a metaphor and the perfect title for this new album.
After growing an international following and earning the first-ever Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to a non-classical songwriter, Barber then became an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Over the past couple of decades, she has worked with Grammy-winning recording engineer Jim Anderson producing incredible sounding releases with this latest in DXD ultra-high resolution 32bit/ 352.8 kHz. Clique has been mixed by Anderson at Skywalker Sound, and mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk. It is available on physical media as a Hybrid-SACD in stereo and 5.1 surround. The CD layer is enhanced with MQA, playable on any CD player or reveals the master quality audio when interfacing the player through an MQA decoder. Additionally, DSD and DXD digital downloads are available featuring full resolution 5.1 surround and stereo mixes.
Released August 6, 2021.
Hybrid SACD with 5.1 surround and stereo layers + MQA CD layer. Also available in various DSD download formats including 64K, 128K, and 256K, plus DXD 352K in both stereo and surrround. .
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.