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BED: FOUR + 1

This fun and interesting set of swinging American songs brings together five close friends who share a fondness for good tunes played with heart, and a swinging beat.

BED is an acronym formed by Becky, Eddie, and Dan, three of the four members of that special quartet. (Bassist Joel Forbes is the fourth member of the troupe). BED eventually changed its funny name to honor their default leader, vocalist Rebecca “Becky” Kilgore. The group now performs as the Rebecca Kilgore Quartet.

For this session, Becky, Eddie Erickson, Dan Barrett, and Joel Forbes invited their good friend Jeff Hamilton to join them on drums.

Please note there are at least two terrific drummers who share that name. This particular Jeff grew up in New Orleans, and absorbed that city’s special regard for rhythm from the musicians he heard and with whom he performed around town. Additionally, Jeff studied with the great Cie Frazier, who for many years was the drummer with the original Preservation Hall Jazz Band! Over the years, Jeff’s approach has evolved into a very personal mix of New Orleans and later swing styles. He’s a perfect fit for his like-minded colleagues in the Rebecca Kilgore Quartet.

In addition to Becky’s beautiful singing and Jeff’s tasty time-keeping, Four + 1 also features vocals by Eddie Erickson. Eddie also shines here in masterful guitar work, and several hip, swinging plectrum banjo solos.

In the competitive jazz scene of New York City, Joel Forbes was at the top of the list of great jazz bassists. A long-time friend of Dan Barrett’s Joel contributes consistently propulsive bass lines, and several horn-like solos.

Finally, Dan Barrett displays his usual élan in his trombone solos, and in his thoughtful backgrounds behind each of the singers. For the old favorite Midnight In Moscow, Dan puts down the trombone, and plays cornet. If that isn’t enough, he moves over to the piano to back Becky and Eddie on a rollicking version of The Hucklebuck!

Don’t miss this great set of swinging vocal and instrumental jazz!

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released November 5, 2020

Rebecca Kilgore Vocals
Dan Barrett Trombone
Eddie Erickson Guitar, Banjo
Joel Forbes Bass

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Dan Barrett Costa Mesa, California

Since 1977, many European festivals; co-led Alden-Barrett Quintet; B. Goodman & B.
Clayton Orchs, ’85-86; 5x @ Carnegie Hall; film soundtracks (Cotton Club & 5 Woody
Allen films); USA jazz parties & festivals; Woody Allen’s ‘96 European Tour; in-demand
artist/clinician in USA & Europe; Biog. in Encyclopedia of Jazz & Guinness Who’s Who
of Jazz; father of Andrew Barrett, renowned ragtime pianist.
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