World-Renowned Vocalist Patricia Barber Releases New Album Clique (Impex Records)

Collection of Standards Recorded in Mind-Blowing Hi-Fi with Multi GRAMMY-Winner & Longtime Creative Partner Jim Anderson
Kick Off “Hot Jazz Summer” (Salon) with Renditions of Classics by Stevie Wonder, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Thelonious Monk & More:


Today, world-renowned jazz vocalist Patricia Barber releases Clique, a brand new album of standards captured in breathtaking hi-fi. As the “highly anticipated” ( successor to Nightclub, her critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite first album of standards, Clique features a tracklist of tunes that Barber has frequently performed as encores throughout her illustrious career. From classics by Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe to beloved songs from Stevie Wonder, Lee Hazlewood, Thelonious Monk and more, the inspired anthology invites listeners to kick off their “hot jazz summer” (Salon) in “signature Barber fashion” (WBGO).

Listen to Clique in High-Definition Streaming (Stereo and 5.1), or order/pre-order the album in multiple hi-fi formats

(MQA CD, SACD, 33” and 45” LP), via Impex Records: HERE

Over the past four decades, Patricia Barber has become known for her “tightly compressed lyrics, transparent musical textures, and infinitesimally subtle vocal shadings” (Chicago Tribune) while growing an international cult following, earning the first-ever Guggenheim Fellowship for a non-classical songwriter and more. On Clique, Barber once again teams with GRAMMY-winning engineer Jim Anderson to write the next chapter in a 26-year working relationship that has very few precedents.

Recorded, mixed and mastered in Digital eXtreme Definition (352.8kHz/32bit) at Chicago Recording Company’s Studio 5, the sessions for Clique are among Anderson’s finest engineering achievements. Each recording renders every inflection of Barber’s voice with astounding presence and clarity, perfectly complementing her nuance in ways that continue to redefine the standards of sound.

As observed by NPR’s Susan Stamberg, in her liner notes for Clique, Patricia Barber “respects traditions, bends them to make her own points, and freshens them into something new.” Check out more early praise for the album below:

Praise for Clique

“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)



“Barber is one of the most important forces in the evolving idiom of jazz, as demonstrated in each of her recordings, from her 1989 debut Split to her latest project Clique.”

Jazz.FM (The Heather Bambrick Show)

“First-class, close-up, transparent.”

The Absolute Sound

“A must listen [full of] engineering prowess, amazing vocals, and excellent musicians.”

Part-Time Audiophile

“High quality, eclectic”

Analog Planet

“Anderson’s recordings render every inflection of Barber’s voice with such presence and clarity, perfectly complementing her art which is so defined by nuance and shading.”

Positive Feedback

“Lovely, special, natural… [Barber’s] voice does not age!”


“My favorite album of the year… [Clique is] the most real, most involving sound I’ve ever heard from my system.”

SoundStage! Simplifi

“Barber’s voice takes center stage with captivating clarity and the highest fidelity.”