Sam Barsh: Wake Up and Smile

Track

Wake Up and Smile

Artist

Sam Barsh (piano, keyboards, melodica)

CD

I Forgot What You Taught Me (Sunnyside SSC4605)

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Musicians:

Sam Barsh (piano, keyboards, melodica), Tim Collins (vibes),

Ari Folman-Cohen (electric bass), Jaimeo Brown (drums)

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Composed by Sam Barsh

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Recorded: Brooklyn, NY

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Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Many of you reading this might be familiar with Chicago born Sam Barsh, who made a name for himself playing with Israeli bassist/pianist Avishai Cohen. Barsh released his debut album in 2008 for Cohen's label Sunnyside and the result is a cohesive blend of R&B, funk and jazz. It's obvious from the start that the players on this album have been well-versed in all styles of music. Barsh has picked a solid group of musicians for this recording, particularly TIm Collins who funks up the vibraphones on this live take of "Wake Up and Smile." Collins was preceded by Barsh who took a clavinet solo that reminded me of vintage Corea from the Return to Forever days. The drums are also of interest on this song. They explode, ride, explode and ride again as Collins' solo climaxes and the band comes back into the head.

Don't be fooled by the name of the album. Sam Barsh might have forgot what you taught him, but he learned enough to make up for it. This is an excellent release from a musician that I'm sure we're going to be reading about more as the future grows and as jazz music opens its door to the 21st century musician. Salud!

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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