SWINGING QUIETLY: NINETY SECONDS WITH DANIEL P. BARRETT at the BOSENDORFER (December 2, 2013)

In Olaf Stapledon’s science-fiction novel about a super-intelligent canine, SIRIUS, the narrator says that we would never believe the things that people do when only the dog is in the room.

When no one else is in the room, or at least no one intrusive, the best jazz musicians swing wonderfully — free of the pressure of the audience, the lights, the microphones. Dan Barrett (trombone, cornet, vocal, composer – arranger AND swing pianist) is a fine example. Here he is, just playing for his own delight and the pleasure of sitting at a well-tuned Bosendorfer.  Ninety seconds of I’LL ALWAYS BE IN LOVE WITH YOU — a performance, that although Dan makes little of it, ambles and floats and reminds us of how the Basieties, vocally and instrumentally, loved this song in the glory days of 1937 and beyond:

Thank you, Dan, for making this corner of a dark room into a Hot Spot of Rhythm — in sixty-four bars, no more, and for letting me share this Interlude with the world.

May your happiness increase!

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4 responses to “SWINGING QUIETLY: NINETY SECONDS WITH DANIEL P. BARRETT at the BOSENDORFER (December 2, 2013)

  1. Sordoni III, Andrew

    Hello Michael, Dan is certainly worth every listen, in every aspect of his talent and abundant gifts for creation and communication. Dan and Howard brought the ABQ to Wilkes with Buck Clayton and guest moderator Hank O’Neal, appeared at my home at a Jazz Party and, alas, made only one recording for Chiaroscuro with Bob Wilber, Lillette Jenkins and the best of the NYC guys. Happy memories indeed! Andrew Sordoni

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Dan {not venerable at 60} Barrett doing the great Basie/Rushing flagwaver “I’ll always be in love with you.” Dan is easily the best man out there on the “Bone.” Thank you for the the post.

  3. Dan was born December 1955 . . . don’t rush his fifties away!

  4. Ida Melrose Shoufler

    So nice….I enjoyed. Thank you NM

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