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Daniel Barnes: Classic Beauties

Read "Classic Beauties" reviewed by John Barron

Harkening back to the classic West Coast jazz style of the 1950s and 60s, the music on Classic Beauties, led by Toronto drummer/composer Daniel Barnes, is reminiscent of legendary artists such as Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan and Shelley Mann. Barnes has assembled a first-rate quintet of adventurous and swinging Canadian musicians: alto saxophonist Richard Underhill, trumpeter William Sperandei, pianist Robi Botos and bassist Kieran Overs.

Barnes, an award-winning drummer in Canada, maintains an unrelenting, swinging drive throughout the session. His ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Daniel Barnes: Culmination

Read "Culmination" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Daniel Barnes, with a fine bunch of Canadian musicians in tow, combines an appetizing fare of mainstream and “contemporary” jazz on Culmination. Consider the latter to be dessert: it is light and swirly but feels neither treacly nor bland. Matter of fact, it is spiked, so just sit back and enjoy.

Barnes knows his way with a tune. He dispenses with drums for percussion on “Sweet Nights,” giving the euphonious tune a bearable lightness of being. It glides ...


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