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Ethan Iverson
pianist in The Bad Plus, blogger at Do The Math
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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
This Sunday, June 29, Sam Newsome and I play duo at the Greenwich House Music School as part of the Sound it Out series. Sincere thanks to everybody who came out for the Billy Hart Quartet this past month. Great gigs! Now the Tootie Heath-Ethan Iverson-Ben Street (Tootie's Tempo) trio... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Do The Math
New(ish) recordings of note: Eric Revis In Memory of Things Yet Seen Wow, a really fun listen! Great tunes and a beautifully mysterious line-up: Darius Jones, Bill McHenry, and Chad Taylor, with Branford Marsalis on two tracks. Frequently the reference is the kind of blistering avant-garde music from the 60's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Do The Math
In the Talkhouse, I review Chamber Music by Harrison Birtwistle. Bonus tracks: Tom Service discusses Birtwistle in the Guardian. Two additional works I especially admire are The Triumph of Time for full orchestra and Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum for chamber orchestra. (A live performance of Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Do The Math
What is American music? What is Black Music? “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Opus De Funk excerpt This obviously isn't a proper obit: I'm still working on a more detailed Silver appreciation, perhaps for a future book. From any... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Do The Math
DTM blogroll is about to be updated. Mostly I'll be cutting away dead wood, but perhaps I'll be adding links as well. What are the good jazz blogs that DTM doesn't know about? Comments are open but will not be published, only I will see them. Thanks in advance. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Do The Math
Once again, the e-card for the June tour: The Village Vanguard run is going really well. Cats are coming out to see the maestro. The first night Steve Jordan and Nasheet Waits posed with Billy in the kitchen: Last night, it was Johnathan Blake, Alvester Garnett, Bill Stewart, and Jun... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Do The Math
New DTM guest page: For Your Ears Only: Ranking the James Bond Songs (by Dan Schmidt). Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Do The Math
New DTM page: Interview with Bob Cranshaw. Bob may be best known for his work with Sonny Rollins. Recently Bill Beuttler spoke to Sonny for a fascinating post at Esquire. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Do The Math
...Something similar happened with the cylinder phonographs that the merry matrons from France brought with them as a substitute for the antiquated hand organs and that for a time had serious effects on the livelihood of the band of musicians. At first curiosity increased the clientele on the forbidden street... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at Do The Math
Sun Ra will be 100 years old as of tomorrow. The event I'm most curious is the 100 sax players in Chicago. Tootie Heath told us a story about Ra recently: Right before being pushed in the back of a police cruiser following a bust for possession of marijuana, Herman... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Do The Math
McCoy Tyner on %22Pursuance%22 McCoy on Passion Dance Update: While playing along yesterday, I noticed a few things that aren't right. The most obvious one is the lower note Ab in the dyads on "Pursuance" starting on bar 109; it's a C of course. I thought I had corrected this... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Do The Math
Recent passings include: Steve Backer, a record executive responsible for documenting so much vital and thorny jazz. Steve Smith has a good post that includes contributions from Anthony Braxton and David Sokol. Herb Wong, whose Palo Alto and Blackhawk record labels turned out several important mainstream discs at a time... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Do The Math
New DTM page: "Stones," by Kevin Whitehead and Irving Stone. I met Irving and Stephanie a few times in the early 90's, they were really kind of miraculous people. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Do The Math
Junot Diaz writes about MFA vs. POC. It's an important topic; usually I emphasize music and race on DTM, but once in a while I consider literature too, most notably in my interview with Gerald Early and "Reading the Black Jazz Writers." (Also, I loved Diaz's sci-fi horror story "Monstro"... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at Do The Math
Next week, those in NYC should check out New Jazz Standards, featuring Reid Anderson, Eric Harland, Carla Kihlstedt, Guillermo Klein, and Bill McHenry at JALC. New music from all written especially for this group. Wow! Speaking of Mr. G. Klein, he is closer to NYC than previously, and is planning... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Do The Math
DTM pages updated: Billy Hart Quartet Ethan Iverson Upcoming (I'm sorry there are no masterclasses booked yet in 2014. One thing just keeps piling on top of another.) --- The Billy Hart Quartet with Mark Turner, Ben Street and me hits the road soon. We start in Europe: May 18... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2014 at Do The Math
The subway stop by my studio has a questionable ad campaign: Of course, the company is being at least a little ironic here. But in the wake of reading a bunch of bewilderingly prescient stories by Philip K. Dick, I really wonder what the future will hold. Will we be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Do The Math
[UPDATED.] In Spring 1965, the classic Trane quartet with Tyner, Garrison and Jones played quite a bit at the Half Note. Bootlegs of the material - mostly radio broadcasts - have circulated for decades. Indeed, an illegal three-LP set from Audio Fidelity that included some of those tunes was my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2014 at Do The Math