So where, question, are we up to with the latest from Clique, the upcoming Patricia Barber album? Answer: a very moody and appealing treatment of 'All In Love is Fair' the Stevie Wonder song dating back to 1973's classic Innervisions. Interestingly Chicago singer Barber tells Salon regarding the process of the song's interpretation: "If you pull back, everybody will hear it; if your voice cracks, everybody will hear it, if you change from chest voice to head voice, everybody will hear it; if you are lying, or absent, everybody will hear that, too."
Discussed last month in these pages the record is a standards ''encores'' affair to appear on the specialist audiophile Impex Records label, Barber brilliantly covers Lee Hazlewood’s 'This Town' best known as sung by Frank Sinatra among other encore selections that Barber has performed in the past in the initial track teased out.
Double bassist Patrick Mulcahy, drummer Jon Deitemyer, guitarist Neal Alger and saxophonist Jim Gailoretto join the great Chicagoan singer. Mulcahy is prominent as the arrangement of 'This Town' unfolds. The album is a 6 August release. Full tracklist: This Town, Trouble Is a Man, Mashup, One Note Samba, I Could Have Danced All Night, The In Crowd, Shall We Dance, Straight, No Chaser and All is Fair in Love. Patricia Barber photo: press shot via Shore Fire Media