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Ethan Iverson
pianist in The Bad Plus, blogger at Do The Math
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The ten essays “The Year of Outrage” in Slate are extremely helpful to understanding our current internet culture. We’ve had a few jazz pile-ons recently. By Slate standards they were all small potatoes - at least there’s no “Django Gold” or “Sonny Rollins” on the page or in the calendar... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Do The Math
Prompted by Miles Okazaki and myself, Dan Voss graphs "Acknowledgment" in Schenkerian fashion. Heavy stuff. Also via Twitter, Darcy James Argue pointed the way to a much lesser musical analysis, where Slate "investigates" the mildly complex mixed-meter theme to The Terminator. Frankly I think everyone involved in this essay looks... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Do The Math
I snapped an iPhone quickie between the ropes as Claressa Shields posed with the regulars at Atlas Cops and Kids today. Bottom row (Left to Right): Nyisha "Siyah" Goodluck, Coach Sarah Deming, Little Nick Scaturchio, Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, Chris "BHopp" Colbert Top Row: Tara Ciccone, Mo, Hamza Alhumaidi, Reshat "The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Do The Math
Andrew Durkin has a relevant book out: Decomposition: A Music Manifesto, which "explodes the age-old concept of musical composition as the work of individual genius, arguing instead that in both its composition and reception music is fundamentally a collaborative enterprise that comes into being only through mediation." (Blurb from Amazon... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Do The Math
New DTM page: A Fine Centennial. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Do The Math
I don't envy jazz critics making their top ten lists. There are so many worthy records seemingly released every week, not to mention competition from the grave. (If anyone just puts down John Coltrane Offering: Live at Temple University and calls it a day I understand.) One to consider, if... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Do The Math
Turkey Day means William Burroughs. There's not too much to be thankful for according to the news from Ferguson. Except, perhaps, that a discussion is at least happening. At one point there would have been no discussion, it would have simply been business as usual. By that standard, some kind... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Do The Math
(view from inside hotel room) (front of hotel) Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Do The Math
Just a quick note about some NYC jazz pianists: I recently hung out with Michael Weiss, who has played with everybody, perhaps most impressively so on the Johnny Griffin to Benny Golson to Charles McPherson axis. Michael is at Smalls Friday and Saturday with David Wong and my main man... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Do The Math
Paul Motian’s melodies for improvisation rarely took more than a page to notate, but that doesn’t mean that his scores weren’t detailed. Motian frequently used phrase marks; sometimes chord symbols. Occasionally there’s something to raise a smile, like the tempo indication “latin” on the lunatic “Mumbo Jumbo.” Motian always encouraged... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Do The Math
[the losing side in re: last Tuesday collates a few recent pop culture observations] When considering my earliest cinematic experiences, two movies stand out: Ghostbusters and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The boy is father to the man. To this day, I still have a soft spot for "supernatural meets... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Do The Math
Good grief. It's November already. For those in the Philadephia area, I'm doing a special solo benefit concert for my mother-in-law on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. MUSICAL FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER, DEPRESSION AND THEIR LOVED ONES WHO: Pianist Ethan Iverson of the jazz trio The Bad Plus... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Do The Math
The daughter of Abby Adams (wife of Donald E. Westlake) is missing. Facebook page here. Especially those that live in Manhattan, check it out and keep your eyes open. I know Kathy, she's a lovely person. UPDATE: And she is found! What a relief! Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at Do The Math
New guest DTM pages, in memoriam Kenny Wheeler, collectively called "Three for Wheeler": Everybody's Song But His Own (by Darcy James Argue) Time, Marked (by Ingrid Jensen) Introduction to a Particular Song (by Darcy James Argue) Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Do The Math
The previous post on George Walker is updated by comments from Dr. Walker and Robert Pollock. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Do The Math
[UPDATE ON THE UPDATE at bottom of post.] I'm still very proud of my George Walker Triptych. It's some of the best information about Walker on the internet, especially since it reprints so much work from Mark Stryker in Detroit. In the interview, there's this exchange about Walker's performance of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Do The Math
The Bad Plus plays Science Fiction! We are almost there. Rehearsals are going great. If you've never heard Reid Anderson sing, you are in for a real surprise. He could easily be a professional vocalist. I can't sleep, I'm so excited. Unfortunately that means I just "made" an Ornette Coleman... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Do The Math
I became aware of Jorge Luis Borges in college. My new friend JM pressed a copy of Labyrinths into my hand and told me to read it. I was entranced, most particularly by the story "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote." Thanks to Mostly Other People Do the Killing, I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Do The Math
[UPDATE: Part 2.] From the minute I heard that Mostly Other People Do the Killing was doing a note-for-note cover of Kind of Blue I was impressed. I kind of wished I'd thought of doing it myself. --- Jazz tends to mirror trends in the art world to a certain... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Do The Math
Good friend Debi Cornwall made her New York Times debut last week with "Guantánamo’s Surreal Prison Landscape." It's an amazing collection: kudos and congrats. Debi and Sarah came as my cheering section for the first night at Mezzrow. Debi even snuck a shot of me listening. It's not really my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Do The Math
This is early to celebrate the man's gigs this week at the Stone. New DTM page: Birthday Greetings to Tim Berne (from many of his fellow musicians). Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Do The Math
Coming soon! New DTM page: Science Fiction. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Do The Math
Once again, I'm part of the nominating panel for the Ertegun Hall of Fame at JALC. Last year one of my choices made it - Elvin Jones - so I thought I'd keep doing it. I'm supposed to pick three. I checked and it's OK to mention my noms on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Do The Math
Last weekend I spent many enjoyable hours with those that live and breathe movies. I'm not one of that tribe, but I like sharing a conversation with those that do. Thanks to Vince Keenan, I met Eddie Muller at last. With Etsuko Tamazawa, we all spent time at the Dashiell... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Do The Math
The DTM page on Donald E. Westlake, "A Storyteller Who Got the Details Right," has been slightly edited, enlarged, and updated to honor the publication of The Getaway Car: A Donald Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany. It's really something to see all this diverse material - including a long and fabulous excerpt... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Do The Math