, and the surprising Cyrille Aimee + Friends, with singer Aimee's beautifully raucous and raspy voice quieting the chatty room of jazz lovers to a hush. All three groups are on SmallsLIVE, the one year-old record label headed by pianist Spike Wilner
, and many other enlightened performers. Live recordings at Smalls, which is what the label is about, allow some of the most riveting music to continue being alive and true to its authentic improvisational nature, since SmallsLIVE offers total artistic freedom to the musicians, who decide what they want to include in each recording.
Barth's musicfull of subtlety, depth and truthwas created by a felicitous connection; a communion between the three inspired artists. During two sets on Thursday evening, Cruz showed real moments of virtuosity and shed light, in many ways, on what the drums are. His rigor and rhythmical creativity kept the dialogue going between the three musicians; also adding, at times, to the softness created by his signature as well as Archer's timber. Barth's Thelonious Monk
. Composed of eight long titles- with "Emje" nearing the 13-minute mark, the CD is a collection of luminous moments, which might in part stem from Cruz's fruitful collaboration with musicians such as pianist Danilo Perez