7 Songs, 38 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

7 Ratings

7 Ratings

A Fine Symphonic Work by a Versatile and Experienced Arranger

Russ Suereth

Here is a fine symphonic work by a versatile and experienced arranger. Steve Barta has been contributing to the world of music for many years. And his works include fourteen recordings that reflect his many influences, particularly Brazilian, Jazz and Classical. This album showcases his excellent arrangement skills and experience, and creates a fun and moving assortment of tunes that can add joy to a weekend of listening. I particularly enjoyed the track "Sentimentale" with its soft and graceful transitions. Well done.



There’s so much going on here but it’s all done so neatly and well, it’s clockwork. Drums and piano are excellent in tandem on BAROQUE & BLUE as the flute takes centre stage. A spirited feeling gets you when FUGACE plays out some brilliant phrasing. VELOCE and VERSATILE are excellent tracks too with flute and piano sharing top honours. Breathtaking arrangements, such remarkable work - compelling textures and colors, what a treat!

Everyday I have a new favorite listening to the Suite


It is difficult or tricky to pick just one. Each listen makes me stop and think. Man, I love this. This is a well thought out remake of a classic that has a lot of layers going on in a pure, analog form. The addition of the string quartet provides warmth and intimacy. Moreover, the orchestra hits just right. The wizardry and adaptability of Jeff Biegel and Hubert Laws shines bright and it flows seamlessly. Steve Barta knocked it out of the park with this.
A must own.

About Steve Barta

Based in Colorado, pianist Steve Barta made an impression with his 1991 Kokopelli release Blue River. Although he started playing piano when he was six, Barta lost interest and stopped altogether when he was 11. He did learn trombone well enough to work in local funk bands in high school, but resumed playing piano while in his early 20s. After studying at Mankato State University in Minnesota, he moved to Colorado, where he has been involved in a wide variety of music. Barta wrote the "Heritage Suite," a work inspired by the freedom movement in Czechoslovakia; he performed it in the Czech Republic with an orchestra shortly after the country became free. Steve Barta recorded several local albums before meeting Herbie Mann and making his thus far lone effort for Kokopelli. ~ Scott Yanow