Danny Barrett | This Will Be My Shining Hour

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This Will Be My Shining Hour

by Danny Barrett

..Sings in classical Jazz tradition .example, Billy Eckstine, Dick Haymes, Johnny Hartman, Joe Williams,Please refer to liner notes and reviews at www.Danny Barrett.com thank you
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. "Don't Take Your Love from Me"
2:57 album only
2. "From Here to Eternity"
4:19 album only
3. "Speak Low"
4:59 album only
4. "My Foolish Heart"
5:26 album only
5. "Secret Love"
2:28 album only
6. "This Will Be My Shining Hour"
2:55 album only
7. "Street of Dreams"
2:32 album only
8. "Learnin the Blues"
4:04 album only
9. "I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her"
5:33 album only


Album Notes
"This Will Be My Shining Hour" is the album that Danny Barrett almost never released. The intervention of ten years, though, changed Barrett's sound mind. After all, the album was the idea of his son, Brad Albetta, bassist, producer. "This Will Be My Shining Hour" was recorded in October 1998. It is an emotionally affecting album that was well engineered and that included some excellent back up musicians.

Some singers incorporate so much experience into their singing - the joys, the disappointments, the determination, the humor, the wisdom, that listeners feel that they "know" them. Billie Holiday is the prime example. So is Jimmy Scott. Or Sheila Jordan or Andy Bey or Nancy Wilson. Danny Barrett's singing arises from similarly ineffable wellsprings of spirit that connect with listeners. Through his careful choice of material, he personalizes the lyrics, as if the story he narrates in the song is his own.

How fortunate we are that Barrett reconsidered. With well-considered articulation that provides full value to each note he sings and each word he expresses, his rich baritone voice derives from the timeless singers of standards whose value even the aging rock stars now are recognizing.

Danny Barrett always sang that way, ever since he heard a Dick Haymes recording of "It Might As Well Be Spring" in 1960. Consistent in his singing style ever since. The first track, "Don't Take Your Love from Me." proceeds deliberately, slowly, as Barrett distils meaning from each phrase, even as he takes a few liberties, entirely within the mood if the song. Listen to his octave swoop from the near bottom of his range when he sings"Would you take the wings from birds / So that they can't fly" at the start of the second chorus. Just as impressive is the way he builds that chorus to a narrative high point, his plea presented succinctly in less than three minutes.
"From Here to Eternity" lightens things up as Barrett sings a duo with bassist Linc Milliman tot he first repeat. Then, pianist Steve Ash comes in to supply the chords and this version's irresistible swing over the synthesizer's sonic blanket supplied by Brad Albetta.

"Speak Low" receives a mambo treatment as the rhythm section's calve supports Barrett's assured-as-always delivery of the lyrics, his ever-present cool contrasting with the instrumentalist's fire.

Barrett introduces "My Foolish Heart" without back-up for the first four bars, as if he were speaking the words in wonder and with caution. Throughout the remainder of the song, the noticeable strength of Barrett's voice is its range, just as effective with the song's higher notes as with those that in the mid-range that he sings with full open throat.

"Secret Love" takes off with the fastest tempo of the album, as if the song were its dividing line, representing the result of the first half's build-up and the set -up fir the remainder of the album. Barrett sings "This Will Be My Shining Hour," poignant and enriched by Stan Harrison's tenor sax work, adopts a medium-tempo swing that engages all of the members of the group in it's groove. "Street of Dreams" begins the same way that "From Here to Eternity" does, as a duo with bass. This time, though, Barrett's son plays electric bas throughout its entire length. "Learnin' The Blues," on which Doug petty plays piano & organ combines Barrett's vocal exactitude with a shuffle rhythm in his most extroverted interpretation on the CD. The final track mirrors the start of "This Will Be My Shining Hour"--- with a song of loss and the pain of acceptance. But "I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her" concludes the implicit story line of "This Will Be My Shining Hour" by letting the listener know that the pleads within "Don't Take Your Love from Me" did not sway the subject's intentions. She did take her love away. And "I guess I'll forget her completely. In about a hundred years" - one of Sammy Cahn's unforgettable lyrics, objectively.
Appropriately, Danny Barrett has dedicated This Will Be My Shining Hour to his parents, Nicholas Albetta and Florence Ellen Barrett, from whom he adopted his professional name.
--Bill Donaldson
A Student of such classic vocalists as Johnny Hartman, David Allyn, and Dick
Haymes, Barrett is right up there with the best. His baritone voice is superb and
his articulation is excellent. He sings rarities by the masters of Great American
Songbook and truly makes them his own.

This particular album was recorded in 1998 and, according to the liner notes,
almost was never released. Apparently, Barrett had some misgivings on it but,
thankfully, his bassist/producer son Brad Albetta appealed to his better judgment.
What you have is a modern day jazz classic. Barrett is an artist that has been
performing off and on for several decades but you still may not have heard of
him. hopefully with this latest entry in the jazz sweepstakes, that will no longer
be the case.

Simply put, Barrett is the real deal! If you want proof just check out the opening
track "Don't Take Your Love From me." This is an early '40's piece by composer
Henry Nemo that is a lost gem. Barrett brings this vintage torch song to life, with
a delicate vulnerability that is beyond compare. When he sings you believe him!
And pianist Ash's accompaniment provides sublime support for Barrett's subtle
turns to phrase. Kurt Weill's "Speak Low" is done here as a samba and, again,
features a fine performance by pianist Ash as well as smooth but stinging guitar
by Dan Petty. Here, Barrrett sings slightly behind the beat giving the words more
power and poignancy. On "My Foolish Heart" Barrett begins the first four bars
acapella. When the band comes in it is very effective. He proceeds to infuse the
lyrics with weight and drama that are illuminated by Harrison's stellar sax work.
"Secret Love" is a joyous and upbeat swing piece fro the early '50's. That bright
mood is proffered by Ash's shimmering piano and Magnarelli's perky trumpet.
Barrett ushers a bit of growl in his voice here as well. The title track "This Will
Be My Shinning Hour" is an Arlen/Mercer rarity that represents the album well
with a spry and uplifting feel. Harrison, again, rises to the occasion, with some
strong tenor lines behind Barrett's expressive baritone. Also, the ensemble alters
the dynamics well and balances the ebb and flow of the piece most ably. "Street
Dreams" is essentially a duet between Barrett and his son Brad Albetta on
electric bass. This piece, in particular, spotlights the leader in his natural habitat,
with minor accompaniment and room to move and emote.
" Learnin' the Blues" is another '50's era tune that has saloon song written all
over it. Barrett preaches the blues as the rhythm section lays down a swinging
groove, aided by Doug Petty's delightful organ and piano work.

Barrett is a singer's singer and is sincerely at the top of his fame with this album.
Hopefully, he will continue to release fresh material for many years to come.

Review by Eric Harabadian
June 2012 Inside Jazz Review magazine
Danny Barrett sings in a classic style that is heard all-too-rarely these days. He has a deep voice, is always in tune, swings lightly, and digs into the lyrics that he interprets. His first musical hero was Dick Haymes and he admires Tony Bennett, Jack Jones and Vic Damone. One can also hear bits of Billy Exkstine and Johnny Hartman in his singing. However he is a little more jazz-oriented, taking a bit more liberty with the notes he sings while remaining true to the composer's intent.

"This Will Be My Shining Hour" was recorded in 1998 but remained unreleased until recently. Certainly that had nothing to do with the quality for Danny Barrett is heard in prime form throughout. He caresses nine songs dating from 1941-55 (other than 1932's "Street Of Dreams") and brings out the beauty of each song. he is accompanied by a fine rhythm section that usually includes pianist Steve Ash, bassist Linc Milliman and drummer Tim Pleasant although two songs have his son Brad Albetta on electric bass. Tenor saxophonist Stan Harrison and trumpter Joe Magnarelli also help out on a few numbers.

Whether on a heartbreaking "My Foolish Heart" (which tops most other versions), a swinging "Secret Love," "Learning The Blues" or the relatively obscure "From Here To Eternity," Danny Barrett shows that he is at the top of his field. He remains a vital singer today and deserves to be heard. This CD is available from www.dannybarrett.com

Scott Yanow
L.A. JAZZ Scene
July 2011



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