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by Jack Bowers
Leader Dan Barrett’s name was the only one familiar to me on this new Nagel-Heyer release (although I seem to have heard the name John Smith before). Not to worry; Barrett’s companions are as bright-eyed and wholly in tune with the nuances of his mainstream point of view as anyone could want. Apart from three songs with “Harlem” in the title there doesn’t seem to be much connection to that particular area of New York City, but the album needed ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
The unknown Apollo...
Dan Barrett, long known for his involvement in the Swing resurgence of the late 1980s and early ‘90s, has produced a really fine studio recital of lesser known (and some well-known) swing tunes. Couple this with the fact that he employs a sextet that sound like a modest big band, and the results are wholly satisfying and readily accessible. Recorded in Hamburg for Nagel Heyer, Barrett’s philosophy from his previous release, Dan Barrett’s International Swing Party . ...read more
by Dave Nathan
Nagel Heyer rarely has to stray from its Hamburg home to find top jazz people to record. At Europe's version of Birdland, the label has taped some excellent live performances and this one is no exception. A little ragged now and then - - lack of rehearsal time perhaps - - Dan Barrett heads the group for a very generous 77 minutes of modified traditional jazz. Not just New Orleans, nor Chicago, nor Harlem, but a mix of those styles ...read more
by Mike Neely
In my neighborhood, young girls swoon to the sound of Dan Barrett's trombone, and their boyfriends get romantic. Melody in Swing will also get your parents up for a round of slow dancing in the living room. Barrett is one of the great jazz stylists of the trombone, and on this recording he does his best to prove it.
Swing is the key word here, slow, lush music that shows off Barrett's impeccable phrasing. His quintet is all one could ...read more