Bruce Stark is a pianist who specializes in solo instrumentals that combine the 20th-century minimalism of Terry Riley, the free-flowing improvisations of Keith Jarrett, and the reflective, calming atmospheres of George Winston. As a musician who values both improvisation and developed compositional ideas, Stark plays music that is lively, cerebral, elegant, and relaxing, sometimes all at once. SHADOW BRIGHT represents all of these qualities and more, with song titles like "Night Fires," "Remote Place I," and "Interiors" suggesting the tantalizingly reflective nature of Stark's aesthetic. While SHADOW BRIGHT washes the listener in tranquil waves of sound, inducing dreamy reveries, it also stands up to repeated listens and sharpened critical attention.
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