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Bill Barner

IBill's "Blue Basement" album is available on all streaming platforms. His "Ten Tunes" album reached number 10 on the jazz radio charts. Bill plays jazz in Washington, D.C. He’s played in bands that have shared the stage with Michael Franks, Mike Stern and Mark Isham. Bill played on Tobin Mueller’s "Rain Bather", winner of Album of the Year for 2009 at Chicagojazz.net and on Tobin's "Prestidigitation" album. He has created music for two modern dance companies.

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The Ten Tunes CD reached number 10 on the jazz radio top 40 charts. Reviewers have written:

“This enjoyable and always interesting session highlights the versatility of the clarinet—and also the high level musicianship of Barner and his band mates—but also breaks it free from the narrow niche to which the instrument, unfortunately, is often relegated to in modern music. (AllAboutJazz.com)

For his new album Ten Tunes, Barner decided to largely ignore genres and infuse the foreign flavors of the Middle East, Spain, and Brazil, liberally adding rock rhythms alongside swinging ones. He’s ably assisted by longtime cohorts Stan Smith (guitar) and Roger Hines (acoustic bass), as well as Brazilian drummer Danny Aguiar. Barner himself sticks entirely with his original instrument, the clarinet, and is an economical, affective and melody-minded player on this disc, allowing his crack guitarist Smith to soar on his solos, and Hines does as well (who shines on tunes like “Charm Offensive” and “Barbaro”). But what I enjoy most about Ten Tunes is Barner’s willingness to take his clarinet to music other clarinet players might not dare go. Songs like “Flying Monkeys,” “Charm Offensive,” “and “Squeaky Rico” are such a seamless assimilation of styles, it’s often hard to spot the influences. The music, all composed by Barner, is fresh and contemporary without anyone but Smith plugging in, a testament to Barner being so in tune with so many styles of music that he doesn’t need to take any shortcuts. (SomethingElseReviews.com)

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Best of Tobin...

ArtsForge
2023

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Prestidigitation

ArtsForge
2022

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Blue Basement

Bill Barner Music
2021

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Ten Tunes

Self Produced
2012

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Rain Bather

ArtsForge
2009

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Frankenfanny

From: Best of Tobin Mueller, Volume...
By Bill Barner

Birdland Runaround

From: Prestidigitation
By Bill Barner

Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)

From: Prestidigitation
By Bill Barner

Giant Steps

From: Prestidigitation
By Bill Barner

Watermelon Man

From: Prestidigitation
By Bill Barner

Cliff's Edge

From: What Survives (Radio Edits)
By Bill Barner

Windowshade

From: What Survives (Radio Edits)
By Bill Barner

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