Three Things of Beauty

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Pianist Bruce Barth's considerable chops and abilities as a composer/arranger have long drawn the attention of fellow jazz musicians, along with in-the-know critics and fans. The seasoned bandleader excels in this 2012 session, for the most part leading a quartet with vibraphonist Steve Nelson who is among the top players of his generation, plus bassist Ben Street and drummer Dana Hall. Right out of the pocket, Barth signals a change in direction, with his turbulent arrangement of George Gershwin's "My Man's Gone Now," incorporating both Latin and Brazilian elements into his powerful performance. John Coltrane's "Big Nick" is a bit of an obscurity, penned in honor of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Pianist Bruce Barth's considerable chops and abilities as a composer/arranger have long drawn the attention of fellow jazz musicians, along with in-the-know critics and fans. The seasoned bandleader excels in this 2012 session, for the most part leading a quartet with vibraphonist Steve Nelson who is among the top players of his generation, plus bassist Ben Street and drummer Dana Hall. Right out of the pocket, Barth signals a change in direction, with his turbulent arrangement of George Gershwin's "My Man's Gone Now," incorporating both Latin and Brazilian elements into his powerful performance. John Coltrane's "Big Nick" is a bit of an obscurity, penned in honor of saxophonist Big Nick Nicholas and premiered on his small-group meeting with Duke Ellington. This jaunty rendition proves even more amusing than the composer's recording, giving plenty of space for Nelson to deliver his bluesy solo. Barth and Nelson tackle the standard "The Song Is You" as a duet, though they briskly work around its chord changes, only revealing its melody at the conclusion. Barth's originals prove to be just as potent. "Three Things of Beauty" is a multifaceted work, initially a shimmering ballad, then transforming into a hip groove with an exotic air before returning to a subdued, mysterious conclusion. "Wise Charlie's Blues" has a late-night air, blending the perfect mix of humor and delicious bop. "Be Blued" is a complex, infectious blues that fuels some of the best improvising of the record date. This is another welcome addition to Bruce Barth's valuable discography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2012
  • Label: Savant
  • UPC: 633842211923
  • Catalog Number: 422119
  • Sales rank: 195,765

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Man's Gone Now (7:24)
  2. 2 Final Push (5:27)
  3. 3 Wise Charlie's Blues (8:41)
  4. 4 The Rushing Hour (6:11)
  5. 5 Three Things of Beauty (8:18)
  6. 6 Night Shadows (7:10)
  7. 7 Big Nick (6:11)
  8. 8 Wondering Why (5:41)
  9. 9 Be Blued (3:28)
  10. 10 The Song is You (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Barth Primary Artist, Piano
Steve Nelson Vibes
Ben Street Bass
Dana Hall Drums
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Bruce Barth Composer, Producer
John Coltrane Composer
Joe Fields Executive Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Katsuhiko Naito Engineer, Mastering
DuBose Heyward Composer
Leslie Pintchik Liner Notes
Wayne Winborne Producer
Antonio Porcar Cover Photo
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