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Ethan Iverson, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Ben Street - Live At Smalls

This is a great record. Recorded over three nights at the legendary Smalls Jazz Club, Iverson (founder of The Bad Plus) takes us through a set of be-bop classics and jazz standards. Sparkling drum work by legend Albert "Tootie" Heath and solid bass support by the excellent Ben Street. This is a joyful and enjoyable set of music full of the live energy that Smalls Jazz Club is known for. This recording may surprise Iverson fans who may only be familiar with him through his work with The Bad Plus. Here Iverson reveals himself to be a pianist of great reserve and taste. Deliberate and ecletic yet, none-the-less, full in the tradition. This is a brave project for him to create. Heath is a pleasure, a visit from another time. Please just listen to his ride cymbal if you have any question as to "what is jazz".

If you want an interesting and enjoyable experience, buy this record. It's good for many listenings of constant rediscovery.

Another unbelievable release from Smalls Live...

This trio date, conceived by pianist Ethan Iverson (leader of The Bad Plus, and sideman with notables including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Billy Hart, and Paul Motian), is a stunning example of the rare beauty that can spring from the live combination of multiple generations of musicians within the same tradition. Iverson, along with bassist Ben Street (known for work with Mark Turner and Billy Hart) are members of the same wave of New York jazz that spawned contemporaries Brad Mehldau, Sam Yahel, and Larry Goldings, and are able to bring a fiery post-modern approach to standards that have, in other settings, been played to death. Despite their youthful exuberance, their reverence for drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath (legendary sideman with John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Herbie Hancock) is clear in the taste with which they approach the collective improvisation that takes place. This is one of the few standards trio recordings in the post-Keith-Jarrett generation wherein players born after Jarrett's conceptual rise are able to rein it all in and create a vibe as intense and fresh-sounding as Jarrett's landmark recordings without stealing all of his tricks. This is a must-have!


Born: February 11, 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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Ethan Iverson, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Ben Street (Live At Smalls), Ethan Iverson
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Blues
  • Released: Oct 27, 2010

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