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Ethan Iverson
pianist in The Bad Plus, blogger at Do The Math
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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
(Brooklyn) --- Nate Chinen on Jon Batiste, Jon Irabagon, Erroll Garner, Tepfer/Peacock/Hart, Banda De los Muertos. Speaking of Gary Peacock, he's interviewed on NPR. I confess I don't think that headline "At the Soloist's Service" is quite right for Gary Peacock...Closer perhaps would be Carlos Henriquez, who was caught in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Do The Math
Responding to clickbait only validates the mechanism, but the headline in the Irish Times, Agatha Christie: Genius or Hack? astonishes me with its insolence. Agatha keeps on being genius, a pure concentrate of escapism. Analyzing her merits in a literary sense is a false proposition. She has already lifted away... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Do The Math
Finally home after months of sleeping on friends' couches... It shows the level of my addiction that even when I had no stereo, I was buying LPs and CDs off of eBay. While unpacking and organizing today, I played prized new acquisitions. In the main they were James P. Johnson-related.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at Do The Math
(Brooklyn Bridge) --- I've just become aware of Mel Martin's extensive archive of interviews. The one with Joe Henderson has really interesting information. Sonny Rollins is 85; Ted Panken offers interviews and commentary. Phil Woods played his last gig. A sincere tip of the hat to this master bebopper. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at Do The Math
Went to the Minnesota State Fair Sunday with Spencer. Photo essay follows. The three shots above are from the tram that goes over the fair. Tractors in the last shot! More on that later. Lotta cash at the fair. Lotta, lotta cash. My only hope is that Parker or Dortmunder... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Do The Math
(Irvington, WI) --- America has a couple of great jazz festivals over Labor Day. The Chicago fest has Craig Taborn and Fred Hersch today and Mark Turner tomorrow (among many other acts). Peter Margasak offers a comprehensive overview. The Detroit fest features an artist-in-residence; this year it is Pat Metheny,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at Do The Math
Robert Blocker put his foot in it properly last week. Outraged tweets on my timeline were soon followed by several valuable longer objections. Alex Ross. Michael Lewanski. Matthew Guerrieri. (If you look at just one of these links, make sure it's this one, a brilliant set of unlikely connections concluding... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Do The Math
My cats are out and about: Friday in NYC, Albert "Tootie" Heath brings The Whole Drum Truth to Dizzy's. A must see if you love jazz drums! Tootie showed me the set list, which includes African Patterns and standards. For example, "Work Song" will feature Louis Hayes. "We will play,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Do The Math
(San Francisco) --- Matthew Guerrieri on Dizzy Gillespie's Presidential bid. Greg Osby on Banned in New York. Larry Blumenfeld on jazz in New Orleans ten years after Katrina. Branford Marsalis just turned 55. Ted Panken put up a major profile. Peter Hum talks to Harold Mabern. Marc Myers on Bernard... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at Do The Math
(JFK) --- Geof Bradfield interviews Steve Coleman. Nate Chinen listens to Lucky Thompson anew. Richard Williams goes to see Colin Stetson and Bill Laswell. Savannah Harris interviews Jack DeJohnette. George Colligan explains Drum Genius. Sounds good, George! I'm using Drum Genius now too. Doug Ramsey on Willis Conover. Ronan Guilfoyle... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at Do The Math
A brand-new book has my highest recommendation. A Good Life in Hell by Ai Tatebayashi and Justin Neely is a simple and superb examination of the life of Nagasaki atomic bomb survivor Sumiteru Taniguchi and his wife Eiko. It's for all ages: The story will resonate with any adult yet... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Do The Math
Two unusual gigs… This week at [SF JAZZ]: Lounge piano in the Joe Henderson Lab, Thursday/Friday/Saturday. I know all (or at least most) of the standards. They were learned at my high school restaurant gig. It is tremendous fun to deconstruct them at a moment’s notice. The correct way to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Do The Math
New DTM guest page: "In Memoriam John Taylor" by Martin Speake. I only saw Taylor play one time, at the Barbican with Tommy Smith. I didn't get to meet him but I left him a note in his dressing room thanking him for his great contribution to the music. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Do The Math
(Ski lift, Vail, CO) The Vail Dance Festival hosts a remarkable collection of relevant classic and contemporary dance done in the outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in the resort town of Vail, Colorado. Kudos to artistic director Damian Woetzel for running such a great event. Among other highlights I saw... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Do The Math
This last week I’ve been repeatedly listening to a playlist of two wildly disparate works: Aribert Reimann’s Konzert für Klavier und 19 Spieler and Thomas Adès's In Seven Days. Reimann, who will be 80 next March, has always had a bigger career in Europe than America. For a high-modernist, he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Do The Math