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Bruce Barth

Bruce Barth

Pianist Bruce Barth hasn’t yet achieved widest notice or listings in jazz encyclopedias, but he has racked up seven recordings as leader since 1993. His latest CD, East and West (MaxJazz), is his most personal.

Barth wrote five of the 10 tracks, drawing largely upon childhood memories of the West (“At the Ranch,” “Riding Off,” “Sundown Time,” and others) and uniquely blending tunes with modern harmonies. “I was born in Pasadena, California, and when I was young my family took a lot of trips around the West to see ghost towns, cowboys and those kinds of things that really excite kids’ imaginations,” says Barth. “Some of those memories gave me inspiration for these songs.”

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