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4.0 out of 5 stars Peaceful yet varied and sharp jazz for the ECM listener, 27 Oct. 2014
This review is from: All Our Reasons (Audio CD)
This disc would've been great even as a trio by Hart, Turner and the bass player Ben Street. However, Ethan Iverson plays good - well-contoured and strong - harmonies and fits in, but somehow also breaks the - possibly even more expressive - image. It's Iverson's impressionistic parts backed by Hart's mallet or brush drumming that sound greatly like "a typical ECM-style". Only in one piece ['Nigeria'] does Iverson play with any faster touch.

The compositions are very varied and un-formulaeic, shaped with highly creative imagination, played very exactly _and_ with emotion. The music might sound "sterile" for some, but then, this is super-produced art-jazz at its best. High production values can be good and bad at the same time, ranging from high-audiophile sounds and sharpest possible playing to some uniformal idiomatic sound world of the producer. All of that has happened here.

Like said, this music would've been possibly stronger without the pianist. Now there's a sense of landscape music, which is not what the tenor, bass and drums seem to be mostly wanting to do. It seems that the piano calms this music down to some kind of slowly advancing, introverted and contemplative mood - in contrast to the more complex rhytmical overall feeling implied by esp. the drums and the bass.

The only faster composition, Mark Turner's 'Nigeria', still sounds restrained and like the other pieces - played too quietly. The only drum solo in this recording [ibid.] is great, but makes no wild impression.

Recommendations: If you want 1) modern jazz impressionism 2) within the classic quartet format and 3) highly produced and idiomatic [= ECM-typical] sound world with 4) highly modern and spacy playing and, finally, all in a 5) highly creative yet very restrained playing and compositional style(s), THEN buy this and you will like it.
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This review is from: All Our Reasons (Audio CD)
This is the long awaited ECM debut from this four piece who formed in 2003,they were originally called The Ethan Iverson -Mark Turner quartet,they became the much more eloquant on the tongue "Billy Hart quartet", and under this monicker played to jazz clubs and theatres throughout New York to packed houses,the groups much sought after debut album was issued to much acclaim in 2005 was reckonend to be one of the best,and so eventually we come to this album,an album of free and flowing jazz,Hart has long been associated with ECM,his work with "Charles LloydLift Every VoiceCanto,Alll my relations and in and in particular "The call",show Billy at his stunning best.
The album takes its influences from all over and uses them well,the playing is without doubt ,brilliant played throughout,and the prospects are good,listen to the album opener "Song for balkis" for the perfect example of how to create an atmosphere on first hearibg ,the tribute to Paul Bley" Nostalga for the impossible" to hear jazz played as it should be "Wasteland" is also beautiful as well.

BEN STREET.....Ethan Iverson / Albert Tootie Heath / Ben Street - Live at Smalls.....DOUBLE BASS
ETHAN IVERSON.....The Minor Passions.....PIANO
MARK TURNER.....Year of the Snake.....TENOR SAXOPHONE



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