Higher, Patricia Barber's eleventh studio album, begins with the song cycle Angels, Birds, and I, which she has written for classical singers, jazz performers and instrumentalists alike. The eight titles stand for Barber at the end of a process during which she has developed her own harmonious system that is no longer subject to restrictions. In addition, she presents three of her arrangements of titles from the Great American Songbook that have been celebrated in live performances. She is accompanied by her long-time companions Patrick Mulcahy (bass), John Deitemeyer (drums) and Neal Alger (guitar)
For the recording in Studio 5 of the Chicago Recording Company, Patricia Barber once again engaged the Grammy-award winning sound engineer Jim Anderson and his colleague Ulrike Schwarz, with whom she has a successful collaboration. Mastering was done by the equally renowned Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering.
Reviews"... the jazz pianist and singer-songwriter floats with her excellent musicians through an eight-song block in which she becomes very private and which she surtitles 'Angels, Birds and I...'." (Jazz thing, September / October 2019)
"These masterpieces (...) are presented in a deeply relaxed manner. The demanding 'DXD' mastering preserves the top sound quality of the production (...)." (Stereo, January 2020)