Danny Barrett made his recording debut in 1993 with It’s About Time. The ambitious self-produced project was beautifully recorded and put Danny’s voice in the spotlight while accompanied by a string orchestra. The ballads (which include “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” “Two For The Road” and “We’ll Be Together Again”) are luscious and heartfelt, Danny swings on a couple of medium-tempo numbers, he revives and updates the 1895 hit “The Band Played On,” and sings a duet with his daughter Danette on his son Brad Albetta’s modern ballad “Can’t Let Our Love Hide.”
Review from L.A.’s ONLY JAZZ PAPER…
L.A. Jazz Scene
Issue No. 289
Reviewed by Scott Yanow
Danny Barrett, a superior singer inspired by Dick Haymes, Johnny Hartman and David Allyn, has a big voice, an expressive style and a solid sense of swing. While he has several CDs out (This will be My Shining Hour is more jazz-oriented and particularly recommended), his debut set It’s About…Time from 1993 is also of strong interest. Mostly a ballad program that finds Barrett accompanied by a string orchestra, the emphasis is on his powerful voice on such songs as “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” “Two For the Road” and “We’ll Be Together Again.” Danny Barrett deserves to be heard. This ambitious self-produced set is available from www.dannybarrett.com.
Review by Mike Rapchak…
There is a fringe of show business where a handful of performers – waiting for their cue to take center stage – grow impatient. One is Danny Barrett who represents musical integrity and whose literate approach to singing generates approving smiles from composers of quality material… and I say, “It’s about Time.”
WGN Radio, Chicago
Jeffery B. Williams
You hold in your hand an increasingly rare commodity – the product of [you should pardon the expression] musicians! – wonderful songs and thoughtful arrangements, all centered around the special, unique voice of Danny Barrett. You may regard Danny as a throwback, if you will, to the days of Dick Haymes. I can assure you, however, that after you listen to this album for the first time you will be playing it much more than “Once in Awhile.”
Jeffery B. Williams
WNEW Radio – New York
Reviewed by Loonis McGlohon
If it is true that the music we hear when we are at a young dating age is the music we always identify with later; then Danny Barrett might be singing “Purple People Eater”, “Maybelline” and “Witch Doctor” on this album.
Happily for those of us who will listen to this album, Danny Barrett, as a young fellow was listening to the likes of Dick Haymes, Nat Cole and Frank Sinatra. And instead of the pap, which the fifties and sixties fed our youth, Danny was hearing and enjoying the songs of Cole Porter, Vernon Duke and Henry Mancini.
Hearing this debut album is wonderful deja vu for anyone who remembers the golden era of songs and singers. For those people too young to recall songs like “When Your Lover has Gone” and “For All We Know,” this will be a fine introduction to music which will never go out of style.
Danny Barrett is a wonderful signer! Not only is he blessed with a marvelous voice but he also has an innate sense about “the song” and respect for it. A bonus for the listener is being able to understand each word. No mealy-mouthed sloppiness about the way Danny handles lyrics.
There are many gems to listen for in this album:
In Cole Porter’s lovely “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” Danny sings a lovely phrase: “When you’re near; there’s such an air…” And listen for the control he uses in the last word of the cut, the word “goodbye.”
Henry Mancini’s “Two For the Road” is not an easy song to sing. It contains some intervals that might throw a lot of less talented singers. Not Danny Barrett! His intonation is flawless. Again, listen for the superb control on the tag at the end.
It is very obvious that Danny enjoyed recording “Night Song” from the musical “golden boy.” It is a lucky song indeed to have landed in such caring hands.
“For All We Know” has always been Dick Haymes’ property. That is, until now. Danny’s rich baritone does miracles with this lovely song and Mr. Haymes would be pleased, I think, to hear it revived so beautifully.
“We’ll Be Together Again,” written by singer Frankie Laine and pianist Carl Fischer, gets new life with Angelo DiPippo’s string writing and Danny Barrett’s vocal. It is seldom that we get to hear a singer with such control. For proof, listen to Danny’s last word, “again.”
“Taking a Chance on Love” contains several high points: listen to the resonance in the line, “I’m all aglow again,” and Danny persuades us that “We’ll have a happy ending now” through the emphasis he places on that optimistic phrase.
Not every fine ballad singer can swing! Danny Barrett does, and he proves it on “When Your Lover Has Gone.”
On a contemporary ballad, “Can’t Let Our Love Hide,” Danny’s daughter, Danette, and his son, Brad, take over to make this album a kind of family affair. Both Danette and Brad inherited a large portion of Danny’s talent, and Dad himself lets us know let’s us know that he can sound as contemporary as the rest of them! Listen for the very hip sound he gets on this cut.
“The Band Played On” will surprise you. Don’t expect to hear the 1890’s version you might have expected from the title. A very interesting arrangement and a melancholy reading of this lyric.
Warm and moving arrangements, created by the very talented Angelo DiPippo, are played by a host of New York’s finest players, including Lew Soloff, George Young, Derek Smith, Ronnie Zito, Joe Cocuzzo, John Basile, Jay Berliner, Linc Millman, Jim Hynes, Mel Davis, Dave Tofani, Jim Pugh, Peter Gordon, and the versatile David Finck (who wrote the two contemporary arrangements.)
Thank you, Danny Barrett for this debut album. Now, let’s have another one. Quickly!
– Loonis McGlohon