Patricia Barber – Companion


1STEP Process 180g 45rpm Double LP Pressed on VR900-Supreme Vinyl. Strictly Limited to 5,000 Numbered Pressings

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Patricia Barber – Companion

Patricia Barber - Companion


Impex 1STEP 5 celebrates Patricia Barber’s 1999 “return” to The Green Mill, Chicago’s fabled jazz club.

Conceived as a “companion” to her Grammy-winning studio album Modern Cool, Companion finds Barber and her touring band in inspired form, playfully and energetically performing hits and deep tracks from her celebrated oeuvre.

The dynamic interaction between the artist and her reverent audience adds a palpable sense of space and community.

At the same time, the fans’ hushed attention creates a studio-like sense of precision and detail.

The snap and crackle of Barber, her grand piano, and her onstage partners practically leaps off the groove into your listening room!

Companion’s fan-favorite reputation is enhanced immeasurably by Jim Anderson’s jaw-dropping, lifelike recording.

Eschewing the crystalline sterility of digital recordings of the time, Anderson’s sound is always warm, natural, and lacking unforced “hype.”

Like Anderson, Impex aims to present great recordings that are as natural as possible.

And they couldn’t wait to put their favorite Patricia Barber release, using Jim’s analog mix-down master tapes, on 180 grams of VR900 Super Vinyl.

The deep, inky black backgrounds and absence of surface noise will pull listeners right into those three evenings in 1999, capturing a seminal modern jazz artist at a creative and professional peak and reveling in a perfectly rendered and joyous audio time capsule.

Finally, their deluxe Impex Treatment packages the whole party with a lovely outer slipcase, a booklet containing a new note from Patricia, and a dazzling array of photographs from the evenings by frequent Barber collaborator Valerie Booth, exclusive to their 1STEP.

Heavy paper stock with spot gloss coating and a faithfully recreated exterior design will satisfy original fans and aesthetes throughout the music-loving world.

The 1STEP Process:

The Impex 1STEP process relies on short, tightly-controlled runs that require a new lacquer after each 500 pressings.

This unforgiving format has the lacquer skipping the regular father-mother process, going right to a single convert and then pressing.

Though this dramatically increases mastering and production costs, it also assures each run is more consistent from disc to disc, with less noise, clearer details and deeper bass.
Reducing production complexity to just a single “convert” disc between the lacquer and the press greatly improves groove integrity, diminishes non-fill anomalies and increases signal integrity from the master tape to your system.


 Patricia Barber – piano, vocals, Hammond B-3
Michael Arnopol – bass
John McLean – guitar
Eric Montzka – drums
Ruben P. Alvarez – percussion
Jason Narducy – guest vocalist on “Touch of Trash”

 Track List: Patricia Barber – Companion

 Side One:
The Beat Goes On
Use Me
You Are My Sunshine

Side Two:
Like JT
Let It rain
Touch of Trash

Side Three:
If This Isn’t Jazz
So What

 Side Four:
Black Magic Woman


Impex Records

Impex Records

What They Do

You live for this. The anticipation of pulling open the heavy-plastic outer sleeve. The sensation of removing the disc from its heavy-board, tip-on jacket. The heft of the 180-gram vinyl disc sliding into your hand. The satisfaction of the perfectly flat LP becoming one with the platter. The astonishment at the record’s silence surface. And then, that sound – the brilliant, vivid fidelity – and the euphoric emotion of being there at the creation: inside hallowed recording spaces such as Columbia’s 30th Street Studio, Capitol Studio A in Hollywood, or Abbey Road in London. From the moment the stylus hits the groove, you’re enveloped by amazing performances captured in extraordinary, life-like sound. Music with unprecedented transparency, immediacy and richness of tone. Pristine sound that comes as close to the original analog master tape as is humanly possible. Deep feelings abound as you experience the impeccable craftsmanship of an IMPEX RECORDS audio disc. This is the reward you’ve earned for a deep-seated love of music, your commitment to superior sound and the countless hours and prodigious capital you’ve invested in building a playback system that can transport you to your musical Nirvana. At IMPEX RECORDS, we make 180-gram LPs, 24K Gold CDs and Super Audio Compact Discs of uncompromising quality: exceptional products designed for discriminating listeners with a passion for music and sound. Our love for music, and respect for the art and science of sound recording, guides and informs every decision we make. Our dedication leads to obsessing over every detail of the craft for one purpose: to put you front-row center in the studio, club or concert hall to encounter great music exactly as it was recorded, with the highest of fidelity

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