A rewarding trio session from Bruce Barth, one of the most underrated post-bop pianists.
Joined by bassist Ed Howard and drummer Billy Drummond, Barth splits the program evenly between standards and originals, the latter including a lovely pair of dedications: "Song for Alex" and "For Clara." Barth's affinity for Monk comes through on "Evidence" and an intriguing original called "The Way He Wore His Hat," intended as a Monk tribute but based on a motif from "They Can't Take That Away From Me." With "Lazy Bird," "Fascinating Rhythm," and the title track, Barth and company display their flair for rhythmic surprises.
|Don't Blame Me / Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh||Bruce Barth||5:08|
|Days If June / Bruce Barth||Bruce Barth||6:47|
|Evidence / Thelonious Monk||Bruce Barth||6:33|
|Song for Alex / Bruce Barth||Bruce Barth||5:59|
|For Clara / Bruce Barth||Bruce Barth||7:37|
|Prospect Blues / Bruce Barth||Bruce Barth||6:45|
|Lazy Bird / John Coltrane||Bruce Barth||3:40|
|The Way He Wore His Hat / Bruce Barth||Bruce Barth||5:19|
|Autumn in New York / Vernon Duke||Bruce Barth||4:48|
|Fascinating Rhythm / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin||Bruce Barth||7:01|