Thursday, April 21, 2011

CD Review: Bruce Barth Trio - 'Live At Smalls'

Live At Smalls

Bruce Barth, a talented pianist and composer, produces another wonderful album of the smoothest jazz around. Together with Vicente Archer on bass and Rudy Royston on drums, Live At Smalls brings out the best in jazzy rhythms and melodies. The unique recording environment of a live performance was recorded at the Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village, New York City. Minimal editing and sparse applause are no cause for concern, as the music speaks volumes in many ways. Each composition is intrumental without the interference of vocals. The serene 'Peaceful Place' and happy 'Oh Yes I Will' are signature tunes with each instrument basking in the spotlight. The lazy 'Afternoon In Lleida' is drum-heavy with varying degrees of piano and bass accompaniment. As a whole, Live At Smalls is a quaint little recording with all that jazz and more. ~ Matthew Forss

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