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Ethan Iverson
pianist in The Bad Plus, blogger at Do The Math
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After much procrastination I've finally settled into the big edit of DTM at the future domain. I'm hoping to have new and improved version up in April. While all the big pages will be saved, not all the smaller one posts are worthy. Sign up for the newsletter Floyd Camembert... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Do The Math
Jan 26: Several updates at bottom of post. --- MR. JOY: A CELEBRATION OF PAUL BLEY Seven pianists offer thanks, memories, and performances in honor of the late great iconoclast. Lucian Ban Ethan Iverson Frank Kimbrough Matt Mitchell Aaron Parks Jacob Sacks Rob Schwimmer February 11 2016 Greenwich House Music... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Do The Math
Everyone in the performing arts should have the same New Year's Resolution, to get off the computer and go out to see more shows. Tonight at Jazz Standard: Matt Mitchell's fabulous quartet. All week at the Vanguard: George Cables and Victor Lewis giving a sermon in the tradition. Next week... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Do The Math
Woke up at 3 AM. Something was wrong. Cold in apartment. Felt very strange. Conceded defeat to insomnia, turned on computer. RIP Paul Bley. --- Some assaults are impossible to recover from, especially when they are disguised as liberation. I remember it like yesterday, unwrapping Paul Bley's Hot and placing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Do The Math
RIP Peter Dickinson. Looking at the obits, especially those from his home country of England, it becomes apparent that Dickinson is most beloved for his Young Adult speculative fiction, a large and significant body of work admired by contemporary greats like Peter Pullman, Neil Gaiman and Paul Cornell. The only... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at Do The Math
Another dumb Twitter poll: Few musicians have had a diverse career reduced to a singularity quite like Vince Guaraldi. As any cocktail pianist can attest, the drunken patron who leans against the piano will order, “Play 'Peanuts!'” or "Play 'Snoopy!'" or "Play 'Charlie Brown!'" It almost takes a connoisseur to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Do The Math
My yearly regret is that I see merely a fraction of what New York has to offer. However, last week I was fortunate to attend two memorable gigs. —- Henry Threadgill played with his new group Ensemble Double Up at Roulette. I’ve been a guarded admirer of Zooid (which I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Do The Math
Just learned Kenneth Millar, AKA Ross MacDonald, had his centenary today. I've read everything by MacDonald two or three times, in some cases more than that: I suppose I've read The Chill a half-dozen times. Here in my San Francisco hotel room the new Library of America edition Four Novels... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Do The Math
Everybody's a critic, especially in the era of social media. Yesterday, for fun, I threw up three dumb polls on Twitter. As expected, in every instance I disagreed with the consensus. Chandler might have written some of the greatest sentences in all of crime fiction, but he also serves it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2015 at Do The Math
Marina Abramovic's Goldberg with Igor Levit is sold out. There's been some catty online chatter about the elitist conditions of the show (check your phone at the door, sit in silence with noise-canceling headphones for 30 minutes before Levit plays) but I think it's great. (Sarah Deming wrote an enlightening... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Do The Math
Duke Ellington's America by Harvey G. Cohen is highly recommended, especially for those curious to learn more about Duke and race. This book is a worthy counterweight to Terry Teachout's Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, especially since Terry's book has almost an entirely different set of concerns. It would... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2015 at Do The Math
Games on the iPhone are dangerous. I don’t interface with anything that might give me repetitive stress injury. Slow-moving brain teasers can be fun though, especially on tour with all that endless travel, jet lag, and general ennui. Recently Fireproof Games released The Room Three, which follows in the steps... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Do The Math
Otto Friedrich, City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's. This was recommended by Megan Abbott. Now that I've read it I'm urging everybody else to read it as well. Seriously, I'm stopping parties to make sure that everybody copies the title down. (The rather unmemorable phrase City... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Do The Math
The king of swing is 75 today. On the phone with the birthday boy just now I was joking that I owed him everything, a hyperbolic statement that contains at least a grain of truth. Recently I've corresponding with James Newton about his formidable body of formal compositions. (Recommended: Sacred... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Do The Math
Allen Toussaint obit and celebrations from New Orleans Times-Picayune. Robert Craft New York Times obit. --- My first serious musical love was boogie woogie piano. Imagine my 12-year old excitement and astonishment when the documentary Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together turned up on PBS one night. Fortunately the program... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2015 at Do The Math
From my good friend Mike Kanan: I am reaching out to musicians to let you know about my rehearsal space called “The Drawing Room.” Many of you have been there already, but for those of you who haven’t, it’s a beautiful, clean, sunny room that can seat 30 people. We... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Do The Math
I have been studying piano with John Bloomfield for about a year. It has been a fantastic experience. John is associated with the Dorothy Taubman approach. After working with Taubman closely for many years, John is now on staff at the Golandsky Institute, the New York-based group of Taubman disciples... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Do The Math
Official blurb: Barbary Coast, the debut album from New York-based ensemble Red Light New Music, features works by the group's founding composers: Christopher Cerrone, Ted Hearne, Vincent Raikhel, Liam Robinson, and Scott Wollschleger. These works represent ten years of collaboration between the composers and performers, and showcase the collective’s imaginative... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Do The Math
(Brooklyn) --- Larry Appelbaum interviews Muhal Richard Abrams. (1996) Sam Stephenson on Monk in North Carolina. (2007) While I'm posting older pieces, let's take another look at Vinnie Sperrazza's "Five Awkward Conversations with Paul Motian." --- There's been a snafu on DTM, somehow the interview with Oliver Lake by Alex... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at Do The Math
(Central Park) --- RIP Henning Mankell. I admire Mankell's series of police procedurals starring Kurt Wallender tremendously. In "The Crimes of the Century" I note that One Step Behind is my favorite and also give a nod to the last installment, A Troubled Man. It would be a good project... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at Do The Math
H'mm, the blurb on Joyce website is good, I'll just copy and paste: Dance Heginbotham has been celebrated for its vibrant athleticism, humor, and theatricality, as well as its commitment to collaboration. Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer John Heginbotham’s work is known for its “tight formal structure and inventive movement, bolstered... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Do The Math
(photo by Marco Borgrevve) Mark Padmore returns to New York soon for all three major Schubert song cycles Winterreise, Schwanengesang, and Die Schöne Müllerin as part of the While Light Festival at Lincoln Center. After Billy Budd at BAM in 2014 and St. Matthew Passion at the Armory last year,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2015 at Do The Math
(Intake at the Tombs) --- RIP Phil Woods. Peter Hum anthologizes some valuable comments; Nate Chinen's tumblr offers a fascinating interview. I always admired Woods. He was a real cat; sounded great as a young man with Monk, Quincy Jones, and Red Garland. Much later as a leader his long-term... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Do The Math
(Considered below: Hermann Hesse, Mark Leibovich, Anthony Powell, Douglas Adams, Charles Willeford, Ernest Cline, Lee Child, Lawrence Block) --- My wife finally convinced me to look at The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse. Better late than never. A fair number of jazz musicians have dealt with Glass Bead Game... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Do The Math
Tomorrow, Thursday, September 24, Anthony De Mare takes over Birdland for many great piano re-imaginings of Stephen Sondheim. The list of composers involved is truly impressive. 3-CD set due on Friday. Amusing to see cover: Wynton Marsalis's ECM debut. --- Sunday, September 27, at the Cutting Room, there is a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Do The Math