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Precious Time

Artist: Dave Barry

Date of Release: 25/06/2007

Catalogue no: TR575

Label: Trio Records

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Gloria the Human Sponge

6.24

2

 

Mycroft Shakes His Head

7.56

3

 

Red Beret, Yellow Beret

6.22

4

 

Jules In The Crown

6.55

5

 

Jiggery Pokery

7.02

6

 

My Lips Are Sealed

7.35

7

 

Zzzzt

8

 

The Girl With The Toast

6.48

9

 

Great Big Fat Juicy Ones [2]

7.07

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Arnie Somogyi, John Donaldson

Original compositions and arrangements by Dave Barry and Don Weller. Personnel:- Don Weller, tenor sax; Steve Waterman, trumpet and fleugelhorn; John Donaldson, piano; Arnie Somogyi, double bass; Dave Barry, drums.

 

Reviews

 

23/11/0007 Ray Comiskey - The Irish Times

Barry is one of the best British drummers around, with a gilt-edged CV, but this crisp, high calibre hard bop quintet album is his first as leader. It strikes an effective balance between contrast and unity in the diverse front-line voices of Steve Waterman [trumpet] and an in-form Don Weller [tenor], with John Donaldson [piano] and Arnie Somogyi [bass] completing a powerful rhythm section. Typical of the thought and skill involved is the fact that the material [seven by Barry and two by Weller] avoids over-reliance on the unison staples of hard bop lines, while giving soloists of this quality plenty of meat. None is nourished better than Weller, whose distinctive, expressively vocalised playing is outstanding, even in this company. Hard bop aficianados should love it.

 

11/09/0007 Tony Hall - Jazzwise

This is an age when, even in jazz, youth and image are everything. How long is it since you've seen any of the above names featured on the news pages of our magazine or those of our contemporaries? It's as though a whole generation is no longer newsworthy. Yet their playing has reached new heights of maturity. Don Weller is probably the most senior citizen here, but all five are survivors who still play jazz because they love it. All were certainly originally inspired by the great American musicians from the 60s and 70s, but they went on to develop individual identities, certainly not copies of their heroes. Though possibly the least well known, Barry really deserves this album. All but two of the compositions are his. The're all clever, often with intricate time signatures and arrangements that avoid the usual tenor-trumpet unisons. And all have typical British humour titles. A couple ["Jules in the Crown" and "Jiggery Pokery"] are a bit Horace Silverish. The outstanding track for me is the first ballad Barry has ever written-"My Lips Are Sealed". Opening with arco bass followed by Donaldson chords, then each horn coming in quietly, with brilliant solos by Weller [possibly remeniscent of Paul Gonsalves at his peak?] and Waterman. An outstanding track. Weller's medium-paced modal "Zzzzt" follows, and the CD closes witha fat, funky blues, also by Weller. Donaldson and Somogyi are excellent in solo and support modes throughout and the rhythm section as a unit is first-class. They deserve your backing.

 

03/08/0007 Andrew Vine-Yorkshire Post

Barry is usually found under tenorman Don Weller's leadership, but here he debuts as a leader with enjoyable results. Weller is aboard, alongside trumpeter Steve Waterman and that fine pianist John Donaldson, for a programme of originals. Weller's playing on the likes of "Jiggery Pokery" and "My Lips Are Sealed" is worth the price of admission alone. Barry himself is a model of good drumming, preferring to push the band along rather than hogging the limelight.

 

16/07/0007 Peter Bacon-The Birmingham Post

Drummer Dave Barry is familiar from countless bands, most especially in my memory with Tim Whitehead, but this is the first disc to be released under his name.
As a member of Don Weller's band, it's natural that the saxophonist should be in the frontline here, alongside trumpeter Steve Waterman. Their tones contrast wonderfully, Waterman high and bright and Weller low and tarnished.
On piano is the ever-inventive John Donaldson, another Barry compadre, and on bass is Arnie Somogyi, also from the Whitehead days.
A lively and exuberant collection, as on the button as the man at the helm, and full of interesting influences from Chick Corea to the blues.

 

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