"Steve Barrett...to a Different Drummer"
read a newspaper article about Steve...
playing, Lots of interesting color, Great variety, Lots of excitement!!!!!"
sensitive, and always sincere, STEVE BARRETT proves on ...To a Different
Drummer that a rhythmatist's solo album need not be chops-laden to entertain
and inspire. Kalimba lullabyes, cajun drum breaks, goofy funk jams, and
straight rock all find their way into the mix. High points for attitude,
open-mindedness, and some fine drumming."
all the drummers I've worked with, my three favorites are Jim Keltner,
Jim Gordon and Steve Barrett. Steve hears and plays the "big picture",
knowing when and when not to play. His african thumb piano pieces are
superb! They slow down and mellow the listener, which is healing, therapeutic
and healthy. His CD is a real educational and religious experience. Awesomely
recorded and performed!"
kicks ass!!! Sounds amazing!!!"
few seconds into the first track, "Jiggle the Handle!," Steve
Barrett proves that this technically skilled artist doesn't take himself
too seriously. This goofball ode to his tight-wad relatives, full of cliches
such as that boy's as sharp as a bowling ball, offers a glimpse at his
lighter side, as do his accordion-filled rendition of "Mercury Blues"
and the hand-clapping hootenanny "Back Porch Pickin'." Merged
between these sillier songs are short examples of Barrett's proficiency
with his drum set and other more exotic instruments such as the kalimba,
marimba and xylophone. Drum enthusiasts who are familiar with rattan mallet
tips and yarn mallets will probably enjoy "Rattan" and "Yarn
Mallet" more than the casual listeners, but kalimba compositions
such as "Drifting Off" and "Peace" require nothing
more than an ear for simple, beautiful melodies. Perhaps the most surprising
track on the album is Barrett's reggae version of Van Morrison's "Brown-Eyed
Girl." It certainly takes a different drummer to come up with such
an odd take on an oft-covered standard. It takes a talented musician such
as Barrett to make it work."