Full performer name: Dan Barrett & His Extra-Celestials.
Dan Barret And His Extra-Celestials includes: Dan Barret (leader, vocals, trombone, cornet); Rebecca Kilgore (vocals, acoustic guitar); Scott Robinson (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Bryan Shaw (trumpet, cornet); Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar).
Personnel: Dan Barrett (vocals, cornet, trombone); Rebecca Kilgore (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar); Chuck Wilson (flute, alto saxophone); Scott Robinson (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bass saxophone); Brian Ogilvie (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Bryan Lee Shaw, Bryan Shaw (trumpet, cornet); Dave Frishberg (piano, celesta); Jeff Hamilton (drums).
Liner Note Author: Richard Hadlock.
Recording information: Edison Studios, New York, NY (12/04/1995-12/07/1995).
Photographer: Dean Yoshihara.
Arranger: Dan Barrett .
Trombonist Dan Barrett leads his Extra-Celestials on a set of spirited small-group swing. The repertoire is full of obscurities (including Benny Carter's "Scratch My Back" and Red McKenzie's "Georgianna," "Mound Bayou," and "Mama, That Moon Is Here Again") and a few superior standards. Barrett (who also plays cornet, wrote all of the arrangements, and takes a rare vocal) is joined throughout by some of his favorite musicians: singer Rebecca Kilgore (who is heard on six of the 13 selections), pianist Dave Frishberg, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, bassist Joel Forbes, drummer Jeff Hamilton, altoist/flutist Chuck Wilson, tenor saxophonist Brian Oglivie, and Scott Robinson (clarinet, bass sax, alto, and tenor). In addition, trumpeter Bryan Shaw helps out on two songs. The intelligent arrangements (which make optimal use of the many great musicians on the date) and the concise, meaningful solos result in Moon Song being memorable. ~ Scott Yanow