One of Australia’s most respected singers, trombonists and bandleaders, Dan Barnett, combines with an all-star Sydney band to present his first Live Big Band album.
Recorded at the Workers Club in Balmains Unity Hall Hotel over two sets, in front of a live audience that was dancing and drinking their Sunday afternoon away, the results are stunning...this album is a rare bird in that it captures the spirit and inventiveness of a jazz gig with the audio quality of a studio session.
To accompany Barnett on his maiden ‘live-album’ voyage, he engaged the services of his incredible Big Band, many of whom have been part of the Dan Barnett Big Bands long-running 14-year Sunday residency at the Unity Hall Balmain.
“The repertoire we performed reflects the big bands love of all things swing...classic, dance tunes from master composers such as Duke Elliington, Eddie Durham, Leonard Feather, Freddie Slack to name a few...what really shines through is some of the amazing soloists in the band such as Peter Locke, James Greening, David Theak, Andrew Robertson and Sydneys favourite engine room, bassist Ashley Turner and drummer Andrew Dickeson. Listening back to this recording, the big band are clearly in tip-top form and I feel we’ve finally captured the spirit of the big band performing live for an audience that is simply having a great time at our monthly residency” says Barnett.
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