Guy Barker has been described as ‘a versatile and dynamic performer’ and ‘one of the UK's best jazz trumpeters’ – is a highly experienced and respected musician. The first British signing to Verve in the 1990s, Barker has worked with the likes of Gil Evans, Clark Terry, Ornette Coleman, Carla Bley, Hermeto Pascoal, Quincy Jones, Paul Weller, Blur, Elvis Costello, Geirge Michael, Van Morrison, Robbie Williams, Frank Sinatra.
He has toured his own bands through such major cities as Los Angeles, New York, Saudi Arabia, Chicago, Berlin, Paris and Rome.
Guy arranged six jazz standards and performed in Anthony Minghella’s critically acclaimed film The Talented Mister Ripley (where he duetted with Matt Damon). Barker is also a long-time member of Sting’s band and performs with the Colin Towns Mask Orchestra and Jazz Jamaica All Stars.
He released his first album for Provocateur in April 2002 titled Soundtrack and had secured himself his second Mercury Music Prize nomination by September that year. The first nomination being in 1995 for the album Into the Blue. Underdogs, the opening track was inspired by the book of the same name by author Rob Ryan and the final track Sounds in Black and White is an epic 24 music suite programmed around an imaginary film which has been declared a masterpiece by the UK press. A unique 2 part event at the Barbican in the Only Connect series took place March 2003. In the first half, the septet explored the music inspired by the novel Underdogs, with the author Rob Ryan narrating the piece. The second half introduced by Antony Minghella featured a special performance of Sounds in Black & White with the septet plus the 60-piece London Metropolitan Orchestra.
'Guy Barker is that rare thing - a brilliant soloist, a born leader and a generous accompanist. He can play so your heart breaks or your head swivels.' Anthony Minghella
'The most affectionately assembled, elegantly arranged, idiomatically diverse and well-played disc Barker has ever made.’ THE GUARDIAN
'If you respond to searing rigorously imaginative music... then look no further than this excellent record.' MOJO