Patricia Barber – Higher (180g 45rpm 2LP)


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Label: Impex

Award-Winning Recording On Audiophile 180g 45rpm 2LP!
Includes 4 Bonus Tracks Available On Vinyl For The First Time!
Pressed at RTI!

TAS Rated 5/5 Music, 5/5 Sonics in the May/June 2021 Issue of The Absolute Sound!

“Higher bears the earmarks of an audiophile classic: music of substance in excellent sound…”

-Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile Magazine Recording Of The Month

  • The complete Higher song cycles plus three great standards and a special bonus track of “The Opera Song” with noted lyric soprano Katherine Werbiansky
  • Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk New York from engineer Jim Anderson’s original DXD (32 bit/392.8 kHz) files
  • Cut at 45 rpm to bring out every incredible sonic detail with well-rounded, natural sound
  • Deluxe gatefold jacket and 16-page booklet with spot gloss coating, new session photos and essays and notes from Robert Baird and the creative team.

One of jazz music’s most celebrated and literate artists gets the deluxe Impex Treatment on her 2019 collection Higher, available on 2-LP 45-rpm HQ-180 vinyl pressed at RTI. This thoughtfully curated set features Barber’s celebrated art song cycle “Higher” and four bonus tracks available on vinyl for the first time. Stereophile’s Robert Baird describes Higher as an album that “continues Barber’s logical artistic path toward becoming an artist whose only boundaries exist in the limits of her own prodigious imagination. Rather than just the completion of a long-held desire to create art songs, Higher, as its title suggest, is the answer to a calling, one Patricia Barber is gloriously answering.”

After the success of the song-cycle EU tour version of Higher, Impex Records is proud to announce this exclusive complete version, featuring the original’s ten songs, plus an alternate version of “The Opera Song”, featuring lyric soprano Katherine Werbiansky, and three gorgeous new standards (“Early Autumn”, “In Your Own Sweet Way” and “Secret Love”). Legendary recording and mix engineer Jim Anderson’s meticulous production provides masterly rendering of every detail, harmonic, and hushed background, while the delicate touch of mastering engineer Scott Hull helps to pull you into the wide-ranging space of this incredible work.

Impex’s hushed surfaces and incredibly rendered soundstage are brilliantly served by these expressive tracks, bringing out both the core of Barber’s hushed delivery and the dynamic interplay of her crack backing band. The package includes an expanded large-format booklet (featuring a new write up from Patricia Barber herself!) and deluxe finishing for a luxurious tactile experience that matches the audio. As with every record we make, our goal is to enhance the enveloping sound and emotional pull of singular works by one of our greatest talents. Higher is the amazing next chapter in our odyssey and a superb listening experience for fans and audiophiles alike.

Whether its digital or analog, it’s all about execution and results. This LP release is a revelation. It might just be the most harmonically accurate and natural sounding LP pressing. ~Robert S. Youman /


SKU: IMP 6043-45 Category:
Patricia Barberpiano, vocals
Patrick Mulcahybass
Jon Deitemyerdrums
Neal Algeracoustic guitar
Jim Gailloretotenor saxophone
Katherine Werbianskylyric soprano

Side A:

  1. Muse (Barber)
  2. Surrender (Barber)
  3. Pallid Angel (Barber)

Side B:

  1. The Opera Song (Barber)
  2. High Summer Season (Barber)
  3. The Albatross Song (Barber)

Side C:

  1. Voyager (Barber)
  2. Higher (Barber)
  3. Early Autumn (Mercer, Burns, Herman)

Side D:

  1. In Your Own Sweet Way (Brubeck)
  2. Secret Love (Francis, Frain)
  3. The Opera Song (Barber)

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