Reed player Alan Barnes is a popular figure on the jazz club and festival scene. Playing mainly alto and baritone saxes he also plays tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and flute. He is a versatile musician in most jazz styles but in the right setting he is an undoubted be-bopper.|
From 1983 to 1986 he was with drummer Tommy Chase's bepop styled quartet, followed by a long spell with Humphrey Lyttelton's mainstream group from 1988 to 1993 and has worked with many top names including Mike Westbrook, Kenny Baker, Don Weller as well as leading his own quartet and octet.
A look at the Amazon website will show a long list of Alan's available CDs, many may be more mainstream than modern but all demonstrate what an outstanding and versatile jazz musician he is.
(See also www.woodvillerecords.com)
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The listing below is not intended to be a full discography of Alan Barnes but lists recordings that may be of interest to visitors to this website...
Alan Barnes first two recordings were with the Tommy Chase Quartet. Chase's bebop styled quartet was a popular group on the British jazz scene in the 1980s Tommy Chase...
Tommy Chase Quartet - November 13th, 14th, 1983 (Hard! - Boplicity BOP5)
Alan Barnes (as,ts), Nick Weldon (p), Andy Cleyndert (b), Tommy Chase (d).
Minority/Blue Sunset/The Message/Del Sasser/No Problem/Ladybird.
(Bgp CD - Hard!)
Tommy Chase Quartet - March 13th, 14th, 15th, 1985 (Drive - Paladin Pal5)
Alan Barnes (sop,as,ts), Mark Fitzgibbon (p), Alec Dankworth (b), Tommy Chase (d).
Drive/Close Your Eyes/Love For Sale/Sunset Eyes/Bogata George/Honest Jon/Whisper Not/Straight Edge/Tin Tin Deo/Ray's Idea.
Tommy Whittle & Alan Barnes - November 20th, 1985 (Straight Eight - Miles Music MM001)
Tommy Whittle (ts), Alan Barnes (cl,as), Mick Pyne (p), Alec Dankworth (b), Alan Jackson (d).
Straight Eight/Con Alma/Joking/Peppercorn/Note 8.7/Goodbye/That's All/Early/Stablemates .
Alan Barnes Quartet - July14th and September 1st, 1987 (Affiliation - Miles Music MM002)
Alan Barnes (cl,as,ts), David Newton (p), Paul Morgan (b), Mark Taylor (d).
Fried Bananas/Affiliation/You Go To My Head/Alice B/Easy Does It/You Don't Know What Love Is/Pickles/Top Flat/Straight Life.
Spike Heatley Quartet - 1989 (One For Clifford And Another One For Tubby - Renella 02)
Alan Barnes (cl,as,ts), John Horler (p), Spike Heatley (b), Malcolm Mortimore (d).
Hot Heights/One For Clifford/When Spring Comes Around/Meet The Flinstones/Spike Island Special/Tubby/Song For My Children/The Ringer/Meet The Flinstones (take 2).
(Renella CD - One For Clifford And Another One For Tubby)
The live recording detailed below was made at Ronnie Scott's Club in Birmingham...
Kenny Baker's Dozen - September 3rd and 4th, 1993 (The Boss is Home - Big Bear ESSCD224)
Kenny Baker, Derek Healey, Bruce Adams, Simon Gardner (tp), Don Lusher, Bill Geldard, Richard Edwards (tb), Roy Willox (fl,as), Vic Ash (cl,ts), Alan Barnes (as,ts), Dave Willis (ts,bassax), Eddie Mordue (bs), Brian Dee (p), Dave Green (b), Ralph Salmins (d).
Swingin' The Blues/Stumbling/Street Of Dreams/Slightly Latin/What Am I Here For/Threesome/When Sunny Gets Blue/Squatty Roo/Golden Cress/Sorta Ragtime/The Boss Is Home/More Than You Know/Harlem Airshaft/It's All Right With Me/In A Jam.
(Big Bear CD - Kenny Baker's Dozen 'The Boss Is Home')
Alan Barnes / David Newton - December 7th, 9th, 1993 (Thirsty Work - Fret FJCD106)
combined personnel: Martin Shaw (tp), Alan Barnes (cl,as,bs), Andy Panayi (f,ts,bs), Iain Dixon (ts), David Newton (p), Paul Morgan (b), Mark Taylor (d).
Stars Fell On Alabama/Autumn In New York/Stay As Sweet As You Are/Groovy Samba/Go Home/Solitude/Ecaroh/Sweet And Lovely/Double Take And Fade Away/Thirsty Work.
(Fret CD - Thirsty Work)
Alan Barnes / Martin Shaw - December 7th, 9th, 1993 (Better Late Than Never - Woodville WVCD101)
Martin Shaw (tp), Alan Barnes (cl,as,bs), Andy Panayi, Iain Dixon (ts), David Newton (p), Paul Morgan (b), Mark Taylor (d).
Let's Face The Music And Dance/Mood Indigo/B/O Grande Amour/One From Bruce/Chelsea Bridge/Better Late Than Never/Donna Lee/How Long Has This Been Going On/Ladybird/Below Zero/Raincheck.
(Woodville CD - Better Late Than Never)
Brian Lemon / Alan Barnes - March 13th and 14th and April 3rd and 4th, 1996 (Old Hands - Young Minds - Zephyr ZECD12)
Alan Barnes (cl,as,bs), Gerard Presencer (tp,flhrn), Iain Dixon, Andy Panyani (reeds), Brian Lemon (p), Anthony Kerr (vib), Dave Green or Alec Dankworth (b), Clark Tracey (d).
Limehouse Blues*/Polka Dots And Moonbeams*/Mood Indigo*/Just One Of Those Things*/Chelsea Bridge*/Secret Love*/I've Gotta Right To Sing the Blues*/Willow Weep For Me*/Some Day My Prince Will Come*/After Supper*.
(Zephyr CD - Old Hands - Young Minds)
Alan Barnes / Brian Lemon Octet - March 13th and 14th and April 3rd and 4th, 1996 (Young Minds - Old Hands - Zephyr ZECD13)
Alan Barnes (cl,as,bs), Gerard Presencer (tp), Iain Dixon, Andy Panyani (reeds), Brian Lemon (p), Anthony Kerr (vib), Dave Green or Alec Dankworth (b), Clark Tracey (d).
Moonglow*/Boar Jibu*/Everything Happens To Me*/The Very Thought Of You*/Passion Flower*/Wabash*/From This Moment On*/Honeysuckle Rose*/Intimacy Of The Blues*.
(Zephyr CD - Young Minds - Old Hands)
Tony Coe / Alan Barnes - January 4th and February 17th and 18th,1997 (Days Of Wine And Roses - Zephyr ZECD22)
Tony Coe (cl,ts), Alan Barnes (as,cl,bar,sop,b-cl), Brian Lemon (p), Dave Cliff (g), Dave Green (b), Allan Ganley (d).
Who Cares*/Deep In A Dream*/Oh Lady Be Good*/Chilli Pepper*/Too Late Now*/Flamingo*/My Old Flame*/Days Of Wine And Roses*/How High The Moon*/I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans*/Blue Room*/Applecore*.
(*Zephyr CD - Days Of Wine And Roses)
Alan Barnes Nonet - January 6th and June 13th, 1997 (A Dotty Blues - Zephyr ZECD26)
Alan Barnes (cl,as,bs), Gerard Presencer (tp,flhrn), Mark Nightingale (tb), Iain Dixon, Andy Panyani (reeds), Brian Lemon (p), Anthony Kerr (vib), Dave Green (b), Steve Brown (d).
Birdland*/Bye Bye Blackbird*/I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face*/A Dotty Blues*/Somebody Loves Me*/Who Can I Turn To*/Smoke Gets In Your Eyes*/The Way You Look Tonight*/On The Sunny Side Of The Street*/Savoy Blues*/All The Things You Are*/More Than you Know*/It Had To Be You*/Put On A Happy Face*.
(*Zephyr CD - A Dotty Blues)
Alan Barnes & The Dave Newton Trio - November 30th, 1997 (Below Zero - Concord CCDEU4842-2)
Alan Barnes (bs), David Newton (p), Matt Miles (b), Steve Brown (d).
Woodville/Song For Strayhorn/Below Zero/Estate/College Groove/A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing/K-4 Pacific/A Lady's Vanity/Waltz For Debbie/Blessed Land/Mambo Koyoma.
(Concord CD - Below Zero)
Recorded live at Wakefield Jazz Club this CD was re-issued in 2015 as part ofthe ASC labels 20th anniversary celebrations re-releasing popular out of print recordings...
Newton / Tracey Band - April 22nd, 1998 (Bootleg Eric - ASCCD155)
Guy Barker (tp), Mark Nightingale (tb), Don Weller, Iain Dixon (ts), Alan Barnes (cl,as,bs) Dave Newton (p), Andy Cleyndert (b), Clark Tracey (d).
What You Will/Faith In Alec/Bootleg Eric/College Groove/Springs Eternal/Blue Trinity.
(ASC CD - Bootleg Eric)
Alan Barnes & The Dave Newton Trio Featuring special Guest Conte Candoli - April 25th, 2000 (Manhattan - Concord CCDEU4947-2)
Conte Candoli (tp-1), Alan Barnes (as,bs), David Newton (p), Matt Miles (b), Steve Brown (d).
Crafty(1)/Two Degrees East Three Degrees West(1)/Manhattan/Jigsaw(1)/Star Crossed Lovers/St. Vitus Dance(1)/The Trip/Landscape(1)/Sun On Stairs(1)/I'll String Along With You/Blues On The Beach.
(Concord CD - Manhattan)
Recorded live at Wakefield Jazz Club...
Alan Barnes / Don Weller Band - December 5th, 2000 (Cannonball - ASC36)
Steve Fishwick (tp), Alan Barnes (as,bs), Don Weller (ts), John Donaldson (p), Alec Dankworth (b), Steve Brown (d).
Worksong/Jubilation/Clouds/Dis Here/Azule Serape/Blue Daniel/Dat Dere/Jive Samba.
(ASC CD - Cannonball Barnes/Weller Band)
An album featuring the compositions of pianist Horace Silver...
Alan Barnes Quintet - c2005 ("Yeah" - Specific Jazz)
Steve Waterman (tp), Alan Barnes (as), John Donaldson (p), Dave Green (b), Steve Brown (d).
Yeah/tokyo Blues/Baghdad Blues/Lonely Woman/The Cape Verdean Blues/Opus De Funk/Horoscope/Peace/Juicy Lucy/Senor Blues/Finger Poppin'.
(Specific Jazz CD - "Yeah")
Alan Barnes / Scott Hamilton - December 5th, 2005 (Zootcase - Woodville WVCD112)
Alan Barnes (as,bs), Scott Hamilton (ts), David Newton (p), Matt Miles (b), Steve Brown (d).
Zootcase/Stella By Starlight/Bean Soup/Stardust/I'll Remember April/Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me/On Green Dolphin Street/My Ideal/Just One Of Those Things/'Disorder On The Border.
(Woodville CD - Zootcase)
Alan Barnes Quartet - 2006 (Sideways - Woodville WVCD119)
Alan Barnes (cl,as,ts,bs), John Hallam (cl,ts,bs), Simon Thorpe (b), Bobby Worth (d).
Sideways/Topsy/You/Walk On The Water/You Go to My Head/Idol Gossip/Just A-Settin' And A-Rockin'/Have You Met Miss Jones/They Say It's Wonderful/Hackensack.
(Woodville CD - Sideways)
Alan Barnes Octet - January 21st, 2008 (Harlem Airshaft - Woddville WVCD122)
Bruce Adams (tp,fhrn), Andy Wood (tb,v-tbn), Tony Coe (ts,sop-cl), Alan Barnes (as,cl,b-cl), Andy Panayi (bs,cl,fl), John Horler (p), Alec Dankworth (b), Mike Smith (d).
Take The Duke (A) Train*/Snibor*/Second Line*/Black Butterfly*/Fantazm*/Harlem Airshaft*/Sunswept Sunday*/Battle Royal*/Tonight I Shall Sleep*/Fife*/Brown Penny*/La Plus Belle Africaine*.
(*Woodville CD - Harlem Airshaft - The music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn)
An album featuring the music of Art Pepper...
Alan Barnes Quartet - 2011 (Art Trip - Woodville)
Alan Barnes (as), Craig Milverton (p), Al Swainger (b), Nick Millward (d).
Chilli Pepper/Miss Who?/Tin Tin Deo/Straight Life/Las Cuevas De Mario/Imagination/I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me/Too Close For Comfort/I Love You/Mambo Koyama/Gone With The Wind/Our Song.
(Woodville CD - The Art Trip: The music of Art Pepper)
Alan Barnes - 2013 (Oh Gee! - Woodville)
Alan Barnes (cl,ss,as), Sam Mayne (as), Dave O'Higgins, Judith O'Higgins (ts), Karen Sharp (bs), Robin Aspland (p), Adam King (b), Sebastiaan de Kromm (d).
Doozy/The End Of A Love Affair/Just A Mood/The Chase/Orejas De Cerdos/Topsy/Chelsea Bridge/Our Delight/Koko/Oh Gee!. (Woodville CD - Oh Gee!)
Alan Barnes Quartet - 2014 (One For Moll - Woodville)
Alan Barnes (as), Barry Green (p), Adam King (b), Mark Taylor (d).
Blue note/One For Moll/Up In Jim's Flat/Blood Count/Margo/I'll Let You Know/Thou Swell/Spring Is Here/Time After Time/Don't Take your Love From Me/Swallows On The Water.
(Woodville CD - One For Moll)