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Point Of No Return

 Track Listing

  1. POINT OF NO RETURN
  2. IS YOU IS OR IS YOU AIN'T MY BABY
  3. LOVER COME BACK TO ME
  4. STELLA BY STARLIGHT
  5. ODE TO THE KING PT 1
  6. ANGEL EYES
  7. THE ARRIVAL
  8. PERDIDO
  9. RED TOP
  10. IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD
  11. CHEEK TO CHEEK
  12. DRIP DROP 

Hear some samples below...

The eagerly anticipated second CD from Singer/Trombonist Dan Barnett is now available in stores. Overflowing with great tracks the "POINT OF NO RETURN" features superb singing and playing by Dan and his most swinging Big Band. Beautifully recorded this CD features 24 bit mastering with the state of the art UV22 process.

From the hard grooving title track "Point of No Return" to the supercool caress of the classic "Angel Eyes" and the blistering tempo of "Lover Come Back to Me" Dan and his all-star line up take you on a trip reminiscent of the classic Big Band era yet with a glowing freshness of 2003.
The CD features original Australian arrangements of jazz standards, and great soloists. "Cheek to Cheek" brings together home grown jazz diva, Emma Pask and Dan in a cameo duet.
Kevin Jones from The Australian newspaper and Fine Music magazine is glowing in his praise for Dan: "Dan Barnett is a natural bandleader with the personality and charisma to charm the most demanding of audiences. Add his talents as a fine, swinging vocalist and excellent trombone player and you have the complete package, a rarity in Australian jazz these days. To hear him in a big band context is one of the most satisfying sounds in Australian jazz. "
The "Point of No Return" from Dan Barnett is released on the La Brava Music label
Featuring:Steve Arie, Sonny Barnett, Jeremy Borthwick, Darryl Carthew, Elizabeth Carthew, Brad Child, Adrian Cunningham, Andrew Dickeson, Peter Dilosa, Ben Gurton, Graham Hilgendorf, Masae Ikegawa, Anthony Kable, Peter Locke, Chuck Morgan, Emma Pask, Andrew (Jock) Robertson, Blaine Whittaker.

Middle Eight Music Magazine Review

Rising swing star Dan Barnett's follow up to his succesful 2001 release The Right Track features Dan fronting his very swinging Big Band. Dan is a great trombonist with a strong track record already on the Sydney Jazz and session scene, but in addition he proves here his remarkable vocal abilities. In a world replete with accomplished female jazz vocalists, the male equivalent is a much rarer beast indeed. Barnett has found his own sound but if comparisons are needed Georgie Fame, Sinatra ,Harry Connick and even Kurt Elling may spring to mind. The vocals, arrangements, The warm and sparkling recorded sound might just knock your socks off! The CD also features a duet with guest vocalist Emma Pask (James Morrison protege). If you enjoyed Grace and Vince Come in Spinner you'll love this one.

 

Cadence Magazine Review 

Dan Barnett is a Sydney-based trombone player, band leader and singer (bearing more than a passing resembelance to Harry Connick Jr) who on his second release offers up a rollicking romp designed to make the toe tap and the head nod. Although alto sax player Andrew Robertson is responsible for the arrangements of all but one song, it's Barnett who's dominant personality leaves the dominant imprint. "Lover Come Back To me" benefits from a more than snappy arrangement and a short but precise, Bop solo from altoist Robertson. "Stella by Starlight starts off bossa and makes an interesting transition into traditional salsa a la classic Hector Lavoe; and Duke's "Mood" is a showcase fo the leader's trombone that is, if anything, too short: I would like to have heard more ballad playing from him. This is a well crafted big band date with plenty of spirit and verve.

 

Rhythms Magazine Review

Jazz singer and trombonist Dan Barrett and his big band are enjoying a good deal of popularity in Sydney, and it's easy to see why. The album opens with the title track, an old Goffin-King pop hit that employs Georgie Fame's classic arrangement. In fact, there's a lot of Fame in Barnett's suave, unhurried vocal style; as long as you don't think that's a crime, his vocals are very easy to enjoy. With his big band providing the right blend of pulse, riffs and solos, he has a ball with oldies like Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby, Perdido and Cheek To Cheek. – ADRIAN JACKSON 

 

Courtyard Jazz Courier - “Jazz For the Record”

  A great disc for big band lovers, and recommended to all trombone players. Trombonist/composer Dan Barnett also sings as he leads his large band of top Aussie jazzmen. Delightful vocalist Emma Pask helps out on “Cheek to Cheek”. 12 good tracks – a handful of originals, but mainly standards such as Perdido, Is You Is (or is you ain’t) My Baby;  In a Sentimental Mood, others by Hoagy Carmichael, Lionel Hampton, Irving Berlin.  Nearly one hour of top big band jazz, maximum energy and a good swinging feel with a wide appeal. La Brava– a  reliable name for quality jazz