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Darren Barrett

Darren Barrett

Even though trumpeter/composer and 1997 winner of the Thelonious Monk International Competition Darren Barrett isn’t as celebrated as other competition winners such as Joshua Redman or Jacky Terrasson, the Canadian-bred West Indian is an exciting trumpeter as evidenced by his debut 1999 album, First One Up (J-Curve). Barrett’s warm tone and crisp attacks may have fallen on deaf ears with some majors label executives, but it did entice the legendary Donald Byrd to produce both Barrett’s debut and its equally exhilarating follow-up, Deelings (J Curve).

“Donald Byrd is like a father to me,” says Barrett. “Having him produce both of these records was an invaluable experience. He has years of knowledge and experience from playing with everybody-Monk to Trane. He listens to me and gives me feedback, but most importantly, he keeps me in the moment.”

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