Almost Like The First – Bruce Barth

This medium-up song has an open-ended sound, with no key center. The bass doubles some of the melody. The solo form alternates between a 4-feel and looser, "broken time."

Bruce Barth

born on September 7, 1958

A post-bop pianist with a delicate, elegant touch, Bruce Barth has made a name for himself in the New York scene through his work both in ensembles and as a soloist. Bruce was born into a musical family and began classical piano lessons at age five. He received his first jazz record as a present from his older brother at age 15 and fell in love with the genre. Bruce taught himself to play jazz piano by ear, imitating his favorite pianists and horn players, then later studied more formally under Norman Simmons and Neil Waltzer. He eventually enrolled at the New England Conservatory where he studied with Jaki Byard, Fred Hersch, and George Russell; Bruce's first professional recording was with George Russell for Blue Note Records. Read more...

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