East And West

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East And West 59:17 $11.98
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1 At The Ranch 06:22 $1.49 Buy
2 I'm Old Fashioned 05:46 $1.49 Buy
3 Riding Off... 05:19 $1.49 Buy
4 Sundown Time 06:42 $1.49 Buy
5 The Lexter 07:08 44.1/16 Album only
6 Ask Me Now 03:54 $1.49 Buy
7 The Dude 05:35 $1.49 Buy
8 A Joyful Noise ( For JW ) 07:53 44.1/16 Album only
9 My Shining Hour 04:03 $1.49 Buy
10 Let's Call This 06:35 $1.49 Buy

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East and West marks the first release in the MAXJAZZ label's piano series and the seventh as a leader for the pianist, composer, and arranger Bruce Barth. Six original compositions are among the ten great songs that feature Barth's straight-ahead playing style, evocative writing, and exemplary improvisations. Four songs exemplify the west: "At the Ranch," with its laid-back slow-tempo tune featuring the horns of Terrell Stafford and Steve Wilson out front; "Riding Off"; "Sundown Time," a serene piece featuring Barth on piano in a quiet mood; and "The Dude," complete with the jazzed-up image of an Old Western cowpoke-type on a cattle drive or the dressed-to-the-nines ladies' man coming through via the left-hand piano chord stylings of Barth. It's the listeners' pick! Barth solos on Thelonius Monk's "Ask Me Now" and is joined by Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Al Foster on drums on Monk's "Let's Call This." "My Shining Hour" and "Joyful Noise" are among the repertoire selected for the program and they add more than an afterthought to the Eastern perspective.

"This is Bruce's seventh album as a leader, and it's exemplary. The music, a mixture of originals and standards, is crafted creatively: there's a variety of moods and ensembles, from sextet to solo piano; the playing is uniformly top drawer; and the sound is expansive and very present. All told, East And West is one of the best jazz albums in recent memory." - Stereophile