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A moody, introspective live recording, The Minor Passions features pianist Ethan Iverson in a trio setting with bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Billy Hart. The two standards of the set, "Body and Soul" and "Where or When," are rather dark and brooding, while the classic "Milestones" is a brief glimmer of boppish exuberance. "Other Roses" and "Neon" are based on "Honeysuckle Rose" and "All the Things You Are," respectively, although Iverson thickly disguises their origins.

While Iverson is capable of bracing technical displays, he's more interested in sustaining a conceptual thesis throughout the album. The subtle interplay of Anderson and Hart is crucial in this regard, giving shape to the swinging "Blues for the Groundskeeper," the spacious "Lullaby," and the semi-frenetic title track. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi


Born: 11 February 1973 in Menomonie, WI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Jazz pianist Ethan Iverson's classically informed writing and playing have similarities to Brad Mehldau. Claiming influences as disparate as Stravinsky and Ornette Coleman, the Wisconsin-raised Iverson displayed great potential at a rather young age. In 1991, he relocated to New York, eventually beginning private studies with Fred Hersch and Sophia Rosoff. He made his recording debut in 1993 at age 20 with School Work, a disc that featured tenor saxophone giant Dewey Redman. Iverson has since worked...
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The Minor Passions, Ethan Iverson
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  • 7,92 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 01 January 1999

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