Say It Plain

Say It Plain

by Scotty BarnhartScotty Barnhart


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Scotty Barnhart has been a well-kept secret, though he has recorded with Marcus Roberts, Rosemary Clooney, and the Count Basie ghost band, while also being involved as a jazz educator at Florida State. This is his first album as a leader, and unlike many youngsters who prematurely rush into studios to make try to make a name for themselves, Barnhart is full of confidence, great musical ideas, and he's also more than willing to share the spotlight. His amusing New Orleans strut setting of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" incorporates both traditional and modern elements, with an occasional whistle added for fun, to spice up some of the intricate interplay. His muted horn is delightful in his infectious gospel tune "Say It Plain." Barnhart utilizes the flumpet (a hybrid of trumpet and flügelhorn, made popular by the late Art Farmer) in his soulful "Haley's Passage," which also showcases guitarist Rick Lollar and soprano saxophonist Todd Williams. "Jnana" is a driving hard bop tune that would have been welcomed by other bands if it had only been available during the 1960s. There are several notable guests as well. Clark Terry adds his trumpet and a hilarious vocal to the likely improvised blues "Pay Me My Money," while "Con Alma" adds Wynton Marsalis and pianist Bruce Barth. Roberts joins his former sideman on piano on several tracks, while Ellis Marsalis is also a welcome guest. Hopefully, Scotty Barnhart won't wait too long for a follow-up recording to his excellent, long-awaited debut CD.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2009
Label: Dig Music
UPC: 0766057073823
catalogNumber: 137
Rank: 171830

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Scotty Barnhart   Primary Artist,Flute,Trumpet,Musician
Ellis Marsalis   Piano,Musician
Marcus Roberts   Piano,Musician
Herlin Riley   Percussion,Tambourine,Musician
Bruce Barth   Piano,Musician
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Vocals,Musician
Wynton Marsalis   Trumpet,Musician
Bill Peterson   Piano,Musician
Leon Anderson   Drums,Human Whistle,Musician
Rodney Jordan   Bass,Musician
Greg Williams   Bass,Musician
Todd Sebastian Williams   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Musician
Todd Williams   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jamie Davis   Vocals
Marion Felder   Percussion,Musician
Etienne Charles   Percussion,Musician
Lindsey Sarjeant   Piano
Leon Anderson   Drums
Bill Peterson   Piano

Technical Credits

Bill Cosby   Author
Johnny Richards   Composer
Mark Bingham   Engineer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Scotty Barnhart   Arranger,Composer
Clark Terry   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Stanley Crouch   Liner Notes
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Greg Errico   Producer,Audio Production
Paul Mertz   Composer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Stephenson   Engineer
Woody Woodruff   Engineer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Lee Adams   Composer
Jamie Davis   Executive Producer
Leon Anderson   Whistle
John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespe   Composer

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