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Hear Patricia Barber Reinvent a Frank Sinatra Hit, In a First Taste of Her Album 'Clique'

Patricia Barber
Jimmy Katz
Patricia Barber's new album, 'Clique,' puts a new twist on the standard repertory.

Patricia Barber breathes new life into her latest single, "This Town" — the 1967 song made popular by Frank Sinatra.

Her tender approach to the lyrics of this Lee Hazelwood hit comes juxtaposed with the fiery edge of her piano playing, in signature Barber fashion. Her new album, Clique, due out Aug. 6 on Impex Records, finds her reimagining standards by the likes of Thelonious Monk ("Straight, No Chaser"), Stevie Wonder ("All in Love is Fair") and Rodgers and Hammerstein ("Shall We Dance?").

Patricia Barber, Clique

Her solid cast of players includes Patrick Mulcahy on bass and Jon Deitemyer on drums, who join her on "This Town." Elsewhere on Clique, she also features Jim Gailloreto on tenor saxophone and Neal Alger on acoustic guitar.

And as on her 2019 album Higher, a product of the same recording sessions, Barber links up once again with multiple Grammy award-winning producer Jim Anderson — who recorded, mixed and mastered the sessions in Digital eXtreme Definition (352.8kHz/32bit).

Clique will be released on Impex Records on Aug. 6; preorder here.

Keanna Faircloth is a Washington, DC native and comes to WBGO getting her start on-air at WPFW 89.3 FM in 2003, most recently as the host of Late Night Jazz: The Continuum Experience. She is a graduate of Howard University having majored in Music History with a minor in Classical Piano. Keanna has written for NPR Music, and worked for Radio One as an on-air personality, producer and voice-over talent. She is also the creator and host of Artimacy Podcast, where she has interviewed artists like Wynton Marsalis, Matthew Whitaker, Jonathan Butler, and Dionne Warwick. As a result, she was recognized by Radio Ink Magazine as a 2019 African American leader in radio.