"Classic Beauties" draws on the rich mainstream tradition that generations of jazz lovers turn to for spiritual uplift, a good time, to gain musical knowledge and to hear stories "the greats" have told through their instruments. "It's been a reason to spend more time with some of my earliest music" says Barnes.
The eight compositions are all Barnes originals. Tuneful and swinging, adventurous or comforting, cool and hard bop sounds with afew surprises!
RICHARD UNDERHILL - alto sax (Canadian JUNO award winner, founder of Shuffle Demons).
WILLIAM SPERANDEI - trumpet (must be heard)
ROBI BOTOS - piano (winner of the 2007 National Jazz Award (Canada) for Pianist of the Year)(Killer)
Kieran Overs - acoustic bass (masterful)
Daniel Barnes - drums and compositions
"BARNES KNOWS HIS WAY WITH A TUNE".
"...HE STANDS WITH THE BEST OF HIS GENERATION".
Mark Miller, Globe and Mail Canada.
Drummer, writer, singer and producer Daniel Barnes was born into an artistic family in 1965 in Toronto Canada. His father Milton’s concert music is performed and recorded internationally. Mother Lilly is a published fiction author and scriptwriter for radio and television. Brother Micah is a singer/songwriter best known for his tenure with pop accapela group ‘The Nylons’. Daniel found his calling by age 5 and began regular professional work with The Micah Barnes Trio at age 16. His drum studies were private instruction with Jim Blackely, Claude Ranger and Marvin “Smitty” Smith, piano with Bob Fenton and Music Theory with Paul Read. He attended the Banff Summer Jazz Workshop twice in the late 1980’s under the auspices of artistic director David Holland.
As a sideman Daniel has supported the top echelon of jazz performers in Canada including concert and television appearances with Holly Cole, Jane Bunnet, Hilario Duran, Molly Johnson, Carol Welsman, Richard Underhill, Jake Langely, Pat Labarbera and others. Daniel’s drumming contributed to Joe Sealy’s Juno Award in 1996 for “Africville Suite” and in 2007 a Juno nomination for Richard Underhill’s “Moment in Time”.
Daniel co-led The Daniel Barnes/David Restivo Quintet in the late 1980’s to critical acclaim. In 2003 he released his self produced debut contemporary jazz Cd “Culmination”. It was well received at Radio (CBC national, #9 College Charts), led to major festival appearances and a broadcast performance on TV Ontario. His “hit” Five ‘O Clock Shadow was reissued on Jazz.FM91’s New Standards Vol. 1 with other pieces entering a documentary film “Beyond the Horizon”. Daniel has been nominated “Drummer of the Year” at the 2003 and 2007 National Jazz Awards.
Daniel released his second Cd offering "Classic Beauties" in the Spring of 2007. The album swings through 8 tuneful original compositions in a mainstream acoustic setting played by some Canadian heavyweights.
Daniel’s work in “World Music” is also considerable. He records with Tony award winner Theresa Tova and was a contributing writer and drummer with The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band for a decade. Throughout the 1990’s He toured Europe, U.S., Caribbean and Africa with Ethiopian singing stars Aster Aweke (“... The
Aretha Franklin of Ethiopia”. Time Magazine.) and Mouhamed Ahmed recording several albums in this genre including ‘Aster Aweke Live in London’ in 1996.
Daniel has performed with Pop groups Base is Bass, John James and the Mothers of Hope, The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, The Micah Barnes Band, The Drifters and Liberty Silver.
Daniel can be heard on over 45 Cd's, 5 film soundtracks and numerous TV shows.