Darren Barrett: THE EVI SESSIONS: Mr. Steiner
Street Date: November 8, 2019
Darren Barrett The EVI Sessions: Mr. Steiner
“You See Me” is probably the standout track. An electronic ballad, Barrett’s EVI lead lines are often doubled by guitar, while the backing keyboards shape and support the leader." Read the full review here.
THE JAZZ PAGE
"An impressive exploration of sound and creative landscapes." Read the full review here.
THE AQUARIAN WEEKLY
"Barrett—who plays trumpet, piccolo trumpet, keyboards, and EVI—has written and arranged a fastidious pastiche of synthesized squiggles, enough to satisfy fans of jam bands, the avant-garde, instrumental funk, modern jazz, and alternative/progressive rock." Review here.
DEE DEE MCNEIL
MUSICAL MEMOIRS'S BLOG
"He is grateful for the new technology. This is his eleventh album release as a leader. It may be one of his more exceptional productions, blending electronic invention with ingenuity." Review here.
"So, delve into some forward-thinking music and new trends and expect to hear primarily fusion. This writer is a little biased toward saxophonists, which offer a nice contrast to the many electronic sounds. Definitely check out the tracks with Garrett and Preminger. And, if nothing else, you know a little bit more about the mysterious EVI and EWI." Review here.
For Time For Romance: But Beautiful
"Darren Barrett and Kurt Rosenwinkel team up for a compelling rendition of Con Alma." Listen to track premiere here.
THE ARTS FUSE
"Thelonius Monk’s “Ugly Beauty” is slow and atmospheric. Barrett plays simply and it works effectively with the rhythm section accompaniment." Read the full review here.
CANCION A QUEMARROPA
"With the launch of this Time for Romance: But Beautiful, Barrett continues transgressing norms of music and imposes new milestones in what is a disc of ballads." Read the full Spanish review here.
"The contrast, or juxtaposition, of exotic percussion and electronic wizardry with Barrett’s acoustic horn makes for interesting intersections." Read the full review here.
"On his new album with the Time For Romance band, Canadian trumpet player Darren Barrett shows an enormous respect for jazz tradition, devoting himself to pure melody and transforming eight classic ballads to be firmly fit in the present." Read the full review here.
DEE DEE MCNEIL
"There is a sound block of ethereal, spacey additions like echoed flutes on a synthesizer and with the piano creating tinkling sounds atop keyboard chords and string lines that cushion Darren Barrett’s gorgeous trumpet sounds." Read the full review here.
For "dB-ish - The Opener"
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
Featured in the September edition of "The Month in Jazz". Check out the full feature here.
"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.
"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.