Danny Barrett next recorded This Will Be My Shining Hour, the project was temporarily put aside and stayed unreleased for a long period. In 2003 he met Bill O’Connor through the pianist’s son who was one of his baseball students. The following year, O’Connor provided the arrangements and played piano on Danny’s Indian Summer CD. With fine support from a top-notch rhythm section and guest spots for trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, flutist Dave Valentin, and tenor-saxophonist Jerry Weldon, Danny is heard in prime form on such numbers as Johnny Mandel’s “Quietly There,” “Isn’t It A Pity,” “They Say That Falling In Love Is Wonderful,” a surprising cooking arrangement of “How Am I To Know” as “It Might As Well Be Spring.”
Recently This Will Be My Shining Hour was finally released, and it was worth the wait. On nine songs that mostly date from 1941-55, Barrett brings out the beauty of each tune including a heartbreaking “My Foolish Heart,” “Learning The Blues” and “Secret Love.” He is assisted and inspired by a rhythm section led by pianist Steve Ash, bassist Linc Milliman, and drummer Tim Pleasant along with Joe Magnarelli, tenor-saxophonist Stan Harrison and, on two songs, his son Brad Albetta on electric bass.
Review from L.A.’s ONLY JAZZ PAPER…
L.A. Jazz Scene
Issue No. 286
This Will be My Shining Hour
Reviewed by Scott Yanow
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 Eckstine 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 trumpeter 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.
June 2012 Inside Jazz Review magazine
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
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Review by Carl Stewart…
Danny, I really enjoyed your CD “This Will Be My Shining Hour.” You are a master singer! I particularly enjoy your treatment of ballads, where the richness of your sound and feel for the lyrics are on grand display. The musicians and arrangements are excellent also. This would be a fine addition to anybody’s jazz collection. Kudos!
— Carl Stewart, Host of the Jazz Caravan, KRTU, FM 91.
Review by Jimmy Scott…
Hi Danny, Thanks for thinking of me in regard to your album. I really enjoyed your work, my wife Jeanie and I listen to it often, it sets quite a romantic mood. I love the songs you’ve chosen, ones I may have chosen myself to do. I’d like to compliment you on paying attention to many of the great singers of yesteryear, while listening to your CD, Johnny Hartman, Freddy Cole, Arthur Prysock, and especially Billy Eckstine come to mind, and your ability to chose the material you chose to sing and your personal expression of each song.I’m in hope you will be successful with this new album and looking forward to hearing more from you in the future. You have a natural expression for the story the lyrics are telling. Don’t give up your dream, for YOU’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES. Best of luck!