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Ethan Iverson
pianist in The Bad Plus, blogger at Do The Math
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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 4 hours ago at Do The Math
The previous post on George Walker is updated by comments from Dr. Walker and Robert Pollock. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
NPR's First Listen is hosting The Brooklyn Rider Almanac, a collection of brand-new music for string quartet. From the article: "To celebrate its 10th anniversary together, the group (violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords and cellist Eric Jacobsen) commissioned a wide-ranging assemblage of musicians to write new... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Do The Math
DTM cannot keep up with the obituary pages. I just blogged several losses, now there's more to report. In person, Kenny Wheeler was a modest gentleman. But when he played, he became a fearsome and unpredictable gangster. Wheeler was one of the crucial voices in recent jazz, but I admit... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Do The Math
As usual, NYC offers a truly bewildering amount great jazz. This week alone: Larry Willis, Gary Bartz, Buster Williams, Al Foster at Smoke. Jazz like this still exists? Apparently they are playing McCoy Tyner tunes. Fine. Whatever gets them on the bandstand together. Steve Coleman residency at the Stone. An... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Do The Math
This Saturday, I'm in John McNeil's quartet with Jonathan Michel and Jochen Rückert for a 10:30 set a Cornelia St. Cafe, part of the estimable Festival of New Trumpet (aka FONT). Full schedule here. I like playing with John partly because he came up with the last generation who learned... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Do The Math
Ever since hurriedly commenting on Joe Henderson’s “Without A Song,” I’ve been nagged with the feeling I got something wrong. While working on a transcription, the penny dropped. I called the substitute changes “Coltrane changes.” However, that’s not correct. Eb / A7b5 / Ab maj7 / Gb7 B / Eb... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Do The Math
In "Jazz After Politics," John Halle says he is a jazz fan. Shuja Haider responded in a most inspired fashion. Thanks! (Also thanks to Darcy James Argue for debating with Halle on Twitter a little bit and privately pointing me in the direction of Haider's piece.) --- The nice thing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Do The Math
(Two Harbors, MN, or "What I did on my summer vacation") One Week from Today: Tootie Heath will be giving a 3-hour masterclass for drummers Tuesday, September 2nd from 2 to 5 PM at: “The Drawing Room” 56 Willoughby St. #3 btw Jay and Lawrence St. in downtown Brooklyn. Almost... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Do The Math
I'm taking a month off from DTM and Twitter. Back around Labor Day. --- Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim with pianist Anthony De Mare will be coming out on ECM in fall 2015. This IndieGogo page is raising funds for the last recording sessions. My arrangement is of "Send In the Clowns."... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Do The Math
I see from Twitter that today is Sonny Clark's birthday... Sam Stephenson's pieces in the Paris Review have the most information on Clark extant (one, two). "One day a book," Sam says: Let's hope so. By happy accident I transcribed some Sonny Clark yesterday on the plane. Dexter Gordon's Go... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Do The Math
1) Liberation Chorus (brand new memorial thoughts from Charlie Haden's extended family of musicians) The above is the important thing. But DTM pages can talk to each other, so: 2) Interview with Charlie Haden (2007) 3) This is Our Mystic (Haden with Ornette) (2010) (slightly re-edited last week, still one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Do The Math
New DTM page: "The Triumph of Time," for Harrison Birtwistle's 80th birthday. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Do The Math
New DTM guest page: Adventures in Big Band Musicology, by Jeff Sultanof. Jeff's essay is another response to various DTM commentaries on Duke Ellington, this time by a professional editor and publisher who has spent decades unearthing and preparing scores. Jeff works with Rob Duboff for Jazz Lines Publications. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Do The Math
One final DTM reminder: Tootie Heath, Ben Street, and me start a short tour tomorrow: July 9 Dazzle Jazz (Denver) 10 Dazzle Jazz (Denver) 11 Blue Whale (LA) 12 Blue Whale (LA) 13 Outpost Performance Space (Albuquerque) --- There are hundreds of albums featuring Tootie Heath. For a quick overview... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Do The Math