All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

102

Darren Barrett: Deelings

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
We are products of our environment. Darren Barrett chooses his. Strong influences have helped shape the trumpeter's sound, and he seems determined to allow nothing to affect his choices unless it's at the very top of the form. Clifford Brown's legacy appears through two classic ballads. Barrett has refined his tone quality to the point where few can match the purity. The rest of the program consists of the leader's hard-driving originals. Barrett's hard-hitting, energetic approach recalls Freddie Hubbard in his prime. His exploring nature and colorful ensemble moods capture the exploits of Miles Davis, while his soulful emotional warmth and consistency derive from Donald Byrd. Barrett also exhibits overt traces from three unique artists with whom he's studied: Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis and Barry Harris. Donald Byrd's protégé, the 33-year-old trumpeter who won first place in the 10th annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, holds two master's degrees in music from Queens College in New York and is currently working on a doctorate. Born in England of Jamaican parentage, Barrett was raised in Toronto. The youngest of four brothers, he's called by the nickname Dee. Hence, the title for his second album: Deelings. There's more. Barrett has introduced one aspect of hard work with which we can all relate: overcoming obstacles. We deal with them.

The band returns from Barrett's first album. Most of the artists have been together since 1995, and a significant cohesiveness is the result. Several pieces feature powerful rhythmic underpinnings that suggest a balanced team approach. Others relate an exotic impression that colors with an international palette. Barrett's sophomore album ranks high on this year's top ten list and offers a distinct sign that there's much more to come.


Track Listing: Creative Locomotion; Her Gentle Way; Eirlav; There Will Never Be Another You; C Minor Joint; Middle East; I'm Glad There Is You; I Sent the Fax; Dee's Theme.

Personnel: Darren Barrett- trumpet; Jimmy Greene- tenor saxophone; Aaron Goldberg- piano; Reuben Rogers- bass; John Lankin- drums.

Title: Deelings | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: J Curve Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
The Music of the Bee Gees

The Music of the Bee...

db Productions
2014

buy
 

Deelings

J Curve Records
2001

buy
 

First One Up

J Curve Records
1999

buy

Related Articles

Read Dawn CD/LP/Track Review
Dawn
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Life Of CD/LP/Track Review
Life Of
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun CD/LP/Track Review
Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun
by Gareth Thompson
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Enso CD/LP/Track Review
Enso
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Let Your Light Shine On CD/LP/Track Review
Let Your Light Shine On
by Chris May
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Dirt...And More Dirt CD/LP/Track Review
Dirt...And More Dirt
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 26, 2018
Read "A Piece of the Apple" CD/LP/Track Review A Piece of the Apple
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 7, 2017
Read "Mandala" CD/LP/Track Review Mandala
by Samuel Stroup
Published: December 20, 2017
Read "Moving Day" CD/LP/Track Review Moving Day
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 27, 2018
Read "To the Bone" CD/LP/Track Review To the Bone
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 22, 2017
Read "Heaven On Their Minds" CD/LP/Track Review Heaven On Their Minds
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 16, 2017
Read "First Things First" CD/LP/Track Review First Things First
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: May 8, 2018