"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.”

MORE ABOUT DARREN BARRETT

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.  

BRIAN ZIMMERMAN
DOWNBEAT (EDITOR'S PICK)
"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.

GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Mr. Barrett’s new album is “dB-ish: The Opener,” a rangy collection of electrified original tunes that ought to push him back into the conversation." Read the full review here.

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

RON SCHEPPER
TEXTURA
"Barrett's fusion of electronic and acoustic sounds succeeds, and his attempt to invigorate existing forms comes across as both smart and sincere." Read the full review here.

CHRIS SPECTOR
MIDWEST RECORD
"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.

DEE DEE MCNEIL
MUSICAL MEMOIRS'S BLOG
"This is a surprise package of infectious music. First cut, “The Opener,” and title tune sets the energetic precedence of this recording." Read the full review.

PHIL FREEMAN
STEREOGUM
Featured in the September edition of "The Month in Jazz". Check out the full feature here.

MIKE GREENBLATT
AQUARIAN WEEKLY
"Here, he's set a new bar way high what with his use of synthesis, samples, soundscapes and trippy electronica. Wholeheartedly recommended." Check out the full feature here.

FILIPE FREITAS
JAZZ TRAIL
"The scrumptiously groovecentric dB-ish: The Openerprovides a gut punch of originality in its no-nonsense conception. Open mind, open ears, open style, open world… the future of jazz might well reside here!" Read the full review here.

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