Say It Plain totally encapsulates his experience as an artist and the advent of a long overdue solo album has put Barnhart in an entirely different setting and one that he is leading.
Scotty wrote The World of Jazz Trumpet, which is the first work of its kind. The volume has an introduction by Clark Terry and the late great Freddie Hubbard. This was a significant achievement for the artist and the new solo release is yet another rung on the ladder to acclaim that reaches another level.
Barnharts Say It Plain stays on the straight but not so narrow path while following all the fundamentals of jazz such as 4/4 swing, the blues, ballads, and a touch of Latin rhythms, which keeps the listener enthralled and ready for all of the superb changes from track to track.
Say It Plain is a prolific solo album that shows how much Scotty is respected by his peers such as luminaries Wynton and Ellis Marsalis, Clark Terry and Marcus Roberts, who all take part in the sessions.
The legendary Coltrane piece Giant Steps leads off the recording and it is significant in that the artist is taking a very big step in expanding his presence in the jazz community while reaching out to an already established audience and creating the opportunity to appeal to audiences of all ages on a worldwide platform now available to any reputable artist. The difficulty of such a selection goes without saying and the fact that right from the start Barnhart puts his heart on the line is a credit to his well honed chops and sterling reputation.
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