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Yeah! [CD]

Alan Barnes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Specific Jazz
  • ASIN: B0009HBF80
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Baghdad Blues
4. Lobely Woman
5. The Cape Verdean Blues
6. Opus De Funk
7. Horascope
8. Peace
9. Juicy Lucy
10. Senġr Blues
11. Finger Poppin'

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Alan Barnes has been one of the stars of the British jazz scene for many years, finding recognition both here and on the other side of the Atlantic, recording most recently for the legendary Concord Jazz label. His latest project forms the music on this record, which is the second release on Specific Jazz, and consists of compositions by the great Horace Silver, performed by Alan and his world class quintet. It's an energetic and virtuoso lesson in how to play bebop, the musicians ripping into the famous set of tunes with aplomb and pulling off some of the best soloing you're going to hear on record this year. Alan Barnes' history as a musician is well known, taking in everything from the sax chair on Michael Parkinson's TV show to membership of Tommy Chase's quintet, through to the co-leadership of the Modern Jazz Sextet in the early 90's. A prolific sideman and leader, he has gone on record to say that this album is without doubt the best he has made in his career. Collectively the band have played in the past with Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, Freddie Hubbard and many others. This is a world class album by a world class set of British jazz musicians and a landmark for this scene that is currently in the rudest of health.

BBC Review

Alan Barnes is usually tagged with the rather unglamorous term 'mainstream'. True, you're unlikely to find him hanging out with Norwegian experimentalists, string quartets or DJs, issuing an album of Radiohead cover versions or rediscovering the joys of punk rock, but there's plenty of other people doing that kind of thing these days...

Like Peter King, Barnes is steeped in the language of bop, but is such a consummate stylist that his playing tends to buck any argument that his musical approac his conservative or out of step with the times. Whether on alto, baritone or tenor, Barnes' melodic sense bypasses the usual scale-running cliches that pepper the playing of lesser bop disciples.

Here Barnes pays tribute to hard bop pianist/composer Horace Silver. Pianist John Donaldson has transcribed all the pieces, which are mainly taken from the classic Blue Note quintet recordings of the early 60s. Donaldson's crisply funky playing is a neat fit with Silver's soulful, airy tunes, but his occasional Tyner-esque splashes take the energy level up a notch. Trumpeter Steve Waterman (an eclectic, technically assured player)takes the Blue Mitchell role with relish. Fat-toned, precise and fiery, he's a perfect foil for the leader.

While there are only two ballads here, they provide Barnes' best moments. Donaldson's lucid, Bill Evans-esque chording inspires a sweetly poignant reading of "Lonely Woman", while the opening of "Peace" features a meltingly gorgeous statement on alto, accompanied only by Dave Green's ever thoughtful bass. One of my favourite musical moments of the year so far, I reckon.

Not that the uptempo numbers are in any way shabby; the band kick up some serious dust at times and of course Barnes enjoys working at speed - check the furious solo on "Finger Poppin'" for details. This is assured,beautifully played jazz. It won't change the world, perhaps, but who cares. --Peter Marsh

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4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah ! - a review 3 Aug 2005
By J. D. Naylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Yeah ! pretty much sums this one up.Yeah ! it is pretty good.Choosing the music of Horace Silver was never going to be easy for a british jazz musician but he has aquitted himself well and delivered a cracking album of straight ahead hard bop.The main difference is Barnes leaves out the heavy dose of soul that silver sprinkled over all of his creations and sticks to hard bop with his own slightly hard edged sound really coming into it's own.All of the band members perform well and this makes for a really enjoyable album with no disappointments.Picks of th album are "Lonely woman" and "cape verdean blues".
Cracking stuff from an underated british musician.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine album from Mr Barnes et al. 21 July 2014
Format:Audio CD
This album from 2005 is clearly a tribute album to the work of recently deceased (2014) master pianist and jazz composer Horace Silver. Alan Barnes has produced a number of such albums e.g. to Cannonball Adderley, and to Art Pepper. Why record such albums.....because the music is superb and there is no reason on Earth why they should not be played, reinterpreted and enjoyed at a later date. And this album is one such album....one to be enjoyed!

There is no attempt, quite rightly, to parody the eleven original recordings presented here. All five musicians are top British musicians and this album is a joy to listen to, even marvel at. Alan Barnes is a TOP British / World reed player who plays many instruments but favours the alto saxophone. His partner in the "head" is Steve Waterman on trumpet, a musician who has developed (and continues to do so....look up his own CD "Buddy Bolden Blew It") into one of the greatest and most versatile players in Britain. Pianist John Donaldson has long been admired and follows nicely in the footprints of Horace himself. Bassman Dave Green has been on top form since his recordings with Don Rendell / Ian Carr in the seventies, and ever smiling Steve Brown never fails to impress.

With a quintet like this how could the CD fail? It doesn't. A very impressive performance, but on the scale...not quite sure of the parameters.....I think that, however good the album is, it just misses the five star category. Still worth acquiring....I did!
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