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Ethan Iverson
pianist in The Bad Plus, blogger at Do The Math
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(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 13 hours ago 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 2 days ago 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
Well, DTM keeps trucking along. Has it been ten years? Actually I think it's been longer. Some of my posts have been controversial, usually when I've been a bit casual or hasty or when I least expect it. However, the post that worried me the most - I lost sleep,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Do The Math
(Yesterday's evening stroll in Konolfingen, Switzerland) --- Gigs in August: Have you subscribed to Floyd Camembert Reports yet? In a day or so I'll be bulk mailing a fleshed-out version of the following itinerary, with a little story about Tom Harrell. --- August 4: Premiere of original suite of completely... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Do The Math
Along with over 30,000 other people, I happily retweeted R Paul Wilson's minor masterpiece: I care not all that much for Star Wars, but for some reason I respond to references to the Death Star in pop culture. From the screenplay to Kevin Smith's Clerks: RANDAL The second time around,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Do The Math
All is going very well on the The Bad Plus Joshua Redman front. The July summer festival circuit has been a thing for at least 50 years. Tonight was Umbria in Perugia. The posters outside our hotel conjure such melancholy dreams of yore... The greatest Weather Report band? Interesting they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Do The Math
My main man Daniel Pinkwater recently tweeted the story, Robot Kills Worker at Factory in Germany with the simple and telling analysis, "It begins." --- On back-to-back multi-week tours, you do anything to keep busy, so when iTunes offered "The Best of the Tom Baker Years" I was essentially helpless.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Do The Math
RIP Masabumi Kikuchi, one of the most idiosyncratic jazz pianists. When young, Masabumi mastered the modal language and played it with Elvin Jones. A little later he did electric funk with Gil Evans and Miles Davis. He studied composition with Gil, transcribed Alban Berg, hung out with Toru Takemitsu. Eventually,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Do The Math