Back from a ten year hiatus, Danny Barrett returns with his soothing romantic vocals on Indian Summer. His voice has mellowed in maturity since the release of his critically acclaimed debut release, It’s About Time. Barrett is joined by an all-star jazz rhythm section which includes bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Billy Drummond, and pianist Bill O’Connell. The creative skills of his awesome supporting musicians and his luminous lyrics, which come straight from the American Songbook, are what make Indian Summer a wonderful listening experience.
Barrett has a very distinctive sound which helps to bring feeling into the lyrics he sings. This sound captures our ears with the opening song "Quietly There", by Johnny Mandel. It is a Latin flared tune in which Barrett delivers his optimistic and woeful vocals that prove himself in today’s jazz. He later blesses "Isn’t It A Pity", by George and Ira Gershwin, with his hypnotizing baritone voice. It is a moving songwriting collaboration by the duo and Barrett is able to give off the essence that the lyrics possess. The AfroCuban mood of "They Say That Falling In Love Is Wonderful", by Irving Berlin, includes an arrangement by Bill O’Connell which meshes well with Barrett’s romantic vocals.
With this disc, Barrett is letting us in to experience his true self. "Baseball Interlude" brings together his love of baseball and music. "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" is sung on this interlude by Barrett with a sense of yearning to go back in time. He is accompanied by James Randolph who recites the written memorial to Jackie Robinson. The disc later closes with a mosaic medley of songs. They include "You’re My Everything", the samba "It Might As Well Be Spring", and lastly the laid back title track "Indian Summer".
This disc is an interpretive look into Barrett’s heart and soul through his love of singing. It is graceful and pure, which makes it fulfilling to listen to. He has been influenced by many and his vocals bring relief to a population who have been yearning for the return of good tasting music. The joy of jazz is at his hands and it is now here for the listeners of today to devour.