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The Right Track 

 Track Listing

  1. GET ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
  2. LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER 
  3. BLACK ORPHEUS
  4. NEVER NO LAMENT
  5. ONE NOTE SAMBA
  6. I AIN'T GOT NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES
  7. CHUCK’S FIRST NAME (for Ralph)
  8. GOOD TIMES BAD TIMES
  9. FIVE SPOT AFTER DARK
  10. MY KIND OF GIRL
  11. I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU
  12. TAIN'T WHAT YOU DO 

Hear some samples below...


 AMG EXPERT REVIEW: 

 With male vocalizing currently experiencing one of its down turn cycles, Australia offers Dan Barnett who unites singing with his trombone on an album offering standards and originals. With regard to his singing style, Barnett has some of the better attributes found in such singers as Bobby Darin and Bobby Troup, hip, but not so hip as to sound like it's a put on. Barnett performs in a variety of settings on this session, big band, quintet, quartet and duo. Among the members of the larger group is American trumpet player and arranger Don Rader,who seems to have made Australia his home showing up on other recent releases by the La Brava label. Barnett also follows in the footsteps of another trombonist, Steve Turre, by picking up the conch shells for a very South Seas echoing "Good Times Bad Times". But it's on those medium tempo tunes such as "My Kind of Girl" where Barnett is at his very best, which is very good. He delivers these tunes in a relaxed manner, leaving plenty of space for individual efforts by his playing mates such as the alto of Nicholas B. Hempton, the tenor of Brad Child, guitarist Chuck Morgan and, not letting a good thing go to waste, the trumpet of Don Rader. Not all the cuts include a vocal. "Five Spot after Dark", a Curtis Fuller favorite, is an instrumental highlighting alternating smooth and staccato trombone techniques. Steve Arie's bass, with a lead role on this track, has a tonality which takes on vocal qualities. The big band chips in with a couple of rousers with "Get on the Right Track Baby" leading the way. This is an uplifting, entertaining album that swings, with a nod or two to the ballad, and is recommended. &mdash Dave Nathan 2001 CD LaBrava 0042


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Latest CD Reviews 
Shane Nichols 21/12/2001  
The Right Track. Dan Barnett (La Brava) 8 Stars:
The estimable Sydney label, La Brava, is in a purple patch at the moment, following the recent release of saxophonist Ben Jones’s especially fine album, It Might As Well Be Spring. Singer/trombonist Dan Barnett is in the vein of Vince Jones – his natural vocal talent backed up by some really good lip work on the brass. This is not an instrumentalist occasionally belting out a number – Barnett has a light, husky voice that begs to be recorded. You could say the same about his trombone playing – breathy but firm tone, a finely grained flannel texture that expressively approximates a human voice. He know how to use all this to advantage. The material is mostly swing and mainstream jazz standards – I Thought About You, Tain’t What You Do, One Note Samba, Black Orpheus, Love Is Just Around The Corner, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – and, supported by name Sydney musicians (a tight quintet and a big band), Barnett sounds like a real find. I don’t know how they do it – perhaps very little compression – but La Brava is getting it right.

Rhythms Magazine March 2003

- Reviewed by Adrian Jackson

Sydney's Dan Barnett is an unusual all-rounder; last year, I heard him sing convinsingly in a (broadly speaking) Kurt Elling-ish style with the Australian Art Orchestra, then a week later, he was playing New Orleans-style trombone with Geoff Bull's band. This readily-enjoyable CD confirms the breadth of his talents. Several tracks (Get on the right track", "I ain't got nothin' but the Blues", "Tain't what you do") feature his amiable, relaxed vocals out front of a swinging big band, featuring such players as saxmen Brad Child and Andrew Robertson, trumpeter Don Rader, guitarist Chuck Morgan and drummer John Morrison. Then again, "Chuck's first Name" is world jazz that sounds like something The Catholics might produce. "Five Spot After Dark" is a splendid hard-bop workout, which showcases Barnett's warm - toned trombone. So does "I Thought about You", a fine duet between the trombonist and his dad, Cliff, on bass.

The Sydney Monthly Imag review

Is Dan Barnett a trombonist who sings or a jazz vocalist who plays trombone? Bythe time you've given "The Right Track" a couple of listens it really won't matter. Thing is, in whatever guise, with quartet, quintet, duo or big band, Dan Barnett swings. And swingin right along with him, is an explosive mix of Australian Jazz talent generating earfuls of musical fun and flair. Standards, a bit of Latin, a moody after midnight moment plus lively, vibrant vocals and great solos- trombone, saxes, bass. For an instant jazz pick-me-up, "The right Track" is right on track.