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Three Things of Beauty - Bruce Barth

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  • Audio CD (2 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Savant
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2. Final Push
3. Wise Charlie's Blues
4. The Rushing Hour
5. Three Things of Beauty
6. Night Shadows
7. Big Nick
8. Wondering Why
9. Be Blued
10. The Song is You

Product Description

Bruce Barth, despite his professorship at Temple University, is no stodgy jazz egghead. He is a working musician with an abundance of technique, a seemingly bottomless well of ideas and is a composer of considerable skill with a contemporary and inventive approach. Indeed, many of the compositions on this recording are by Barth with the exception of a tune each by Gershwin, Coltrane and the bluesily evocative Night Shadows by Eri Yamamoto. Barth's solos are witty and insightful while his innate harmonic sense makes him the perfect accompanist when backing solos by others. He never hogs the spotlight and always allows his superb band mates plenty of time to help make this music sing. And sing it does, with powerful grooves, lush harmonies, and a tremendous fluidity within the changing time signatures and polyrhythms of Barth's compositions. Joining the front line is the masterful vibes player Steve Nelson, who always swings hard, but also manages to play with a soulful lyricism.

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By J. Monroe on 31 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Mr. Barth is a wonderful pianist and arranger.The songs are lovely and the group is solid.I love hearing Steve Nelson away from Dave Holland's band.He is another much underappreciated musican.Along with Joe Locke the two are at the top of the current vibes pile,for me.
As usual for Highnote/Savant the recorded sound is excellent !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Melodic, staright-ahead jazz 16 Oct. 2014
By Kenneth James Michael MacLean - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This recording by Bruce Barth has been continuously on my player for weeks. The work of vibist Steve Nelson in this session is outstanding. Barth is the kind of leader who doesn't have to draw attention to himself, and who lets his sidemen express their creativity. Nelson has so many great solos on this recording, and it feels as if the piano is there to complement the vibes. The tunes on this recording are all different, but the common thread uniting them is melody. For me this is Barth's very best session, and that's saying a lot considering the stature of this wonderful musician. I find myself humming the melodies to these tunes when I'm working at my desk, and I usually just listen again to the session. If you like melodic,straight ahead jazz you'll be listening to this one for a long time.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fingers on Fire and Fantastic Vibes to Fan that Fire 23 July 2013
By Richie S. - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Amazing the dexterity of Bruce Barth's fingers. I tried to keep up in my mind but alas I finally just went with it. I first heard Three Things of Beauty on a jazz station as I was ending my day near sunset and was instantly drawn in. Thank goodness for Google as DJ's never say at the end of the piece who the artist is - only introducing a title and all I could remember was things of beauty - AND I didn't have Shazam back then - but I digress. Steve Nelson and his Vibes, Ben Street on Bass and Dana Hall on Drums. I am nudged back into the lazy days of lounges and the proverbial lounge lizards - but I like lizards. They buy me drinks. I love love love this kind of music whether head bobbing or kicking back with a martini. I imagine myself sitting in a dimly lit smoky bar overlooking the ocean, everyone trying to be cool. Wishing I could play like that. My piano teacher, who kept making me play Bach would be proud of me as I used to be able to jam away at the piano - a Steinway no less - had no idea what I was doing, but it sounded great at the time. Then again, even Chopsticks sounds great on a Steinway. Back in the day before rap was rap I'd just sing little ditties with the music - think Jimmy Durante. But this stuff, incredible. Big Nick - a fun one, the bass jams along. Reminds me of when my Pop used to play his "bass" a laundry cord attached to a broomstick attached to an overturned laundry tub. Dang those guys can jam together. I was blasting the stereo in the office while working in the warehouse and in no time I whisked through all my work with the upbeat energy of Final Push. The only reason I don't give it five stars is that only some songs are Auto Ripped on the Cloud. Kind of a bummer when you want to listen to them all without having to cart around the disc. Other than that a great album.
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