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Daniel Barry: Walk All Ways

Read "Walk All Ways" reviewed by John Barron

Drawing from his formal training as a trumpeter/composer as well as his travel experiences throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America, Seattle-based musician Daniel Barry has produced Walk All Ways, an expressive blend of multicultural influences that permeates fixed genre and categorization. With the help of a first-rate ensemble, Barry cleverly combines authentic Latin-American rhythms with Classical traditions and jazz-influenced improvisation.

Barry's strength as a composer lies in his ability to develop simple motifs into intricately arranged musical stories. ...

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Daniel Barry: Walk All Ways

Read "Walk All Ways" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

For those listeners acquainted with Daniel Barry's musical journey only through his conductor/arranger gig with the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) and their fine traditional, straight-ahead sets under his directorship--Dreamcatcher (OA2 Records, 2006) and Meeting of the Water (OA2 Records, 2007)--the man's music under his own name may be a bit of a surprise. While his SWOJO sound is an easy categorization, Barry's Walk All Ways couldn't possibly be harder to pin a label on.The instrumentation will lend ...

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Daniel Barry: Red Fish Blue Fish

Read "Red Fish Blue Fish" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Seattle-based composer / trumpeter Daniel Barry, whom we first encountered in a big-band setting, leads a talented octet through its paces on Red Fish Blue Fish, which encompasses eleven of his colorful compositions / arrangements and one ("Chemo Receptor") by drummer Chris Monroe. This is bracing contemporary Jazz, shrewdly written for and dexterously performed by the group. Much of it is through-composed with solos arising naturally in context and never overshadowing the ensemble's orchestral purpose. That's not to downplay the ...