"dB-ish: The Opener"
Street Date: August 22, 2017


After dedicating several years to cultivate experimental album, “dB-ish: The Opener”, Barrett is now thrilled to present this finalised and polished project. Featuring special guest guitarists Kurt Rosenwinkel and Nir Felder, “dB-ish: The Opener” brilliantly combines acoustic instruments with synthesis, samples and soundscapes. “Sometimes we play open, sometimes we play structured and then sometimes we play over vamps.  What I really love is there is room for melodies, room for improvisation, room for the synthesis, room for samples and soundscapes,” says Barrett on his approach to his new project.  

The group features several long time bandmates, including Alexander Toth on bass, Anthony Toth on drums and Santiago Bosch on piano and keyboards. The album also includes respected saxophonists Clay Lyons and Erena Terakubo, percussionist Judith Barrett and dynamic keyboardist Chad Selph.  Barrett is particularly honoured to be joined by world-renowned guitarists Kurt Rosenwinkel and Nir Felder on two tracks: “The Opener” and “To Conversate” respectively.

“Kurt is simply brilliant. His abilities are endless. Nir Felder has a wondrous approach to playing music that was so perfect for this project.”


Trumpeter, pianist and drummer, Darren Barrett has developed his career to an extraordinary level. He has performed and recorded with Elvin Jones, Jackie McLean, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Common, Will.i.am, Myron Walden Momentum, Tabou Combo, and Antonio Hart. He performed on Grammy-winning Esperanza Spalding album, Radio Music Society in 2012. He came in first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for trumpet in 1997. His recordings include First One Up (1999); Deelings (2001); Wrenaissance, Vol. 1 (2004); A Very Barrett Christmas (2011); The Music of the Bee Gees (2014), with Energy in Motion; Live and Direct (2014), with dB Quintet. He now leads dB Quintet, Energy In Motion, dB-ish, and dB Treyo and is an Associate Professor in the ensembles and brass department at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music in Boston.  

"More than a technically proficient player, Barrett is a player of boundless soul and strong rhythmic drive, and though his style reveals a sturdy hard-bop backbone, he's willing to push his musical identity toward new horizons." Read the full review here.

"Opening the sound up in fine style, this set shows just how well the listener can groove without getting up from his chair. A real breath of fresh air." Read the full review here.

"This disc certainly focuses on ensemble work and one’s flexibility throughout." Read the full feature here.

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