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Billy Hart’s rich history includes stints with Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and many others. A vast discography incorporates sessions with Miles Davis for “On The Corner” and “Big Fun”.Billy Hart, of course, is no stranger to ECM, first recording for the label in 1974, with Bennie Maupin on the classic “Jewel In The Lotus”. ... Read more in Amazon's Billy Hart (Drummer) Store

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  • Audio CD (August 1, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Highnote
  • ASIN: B000GFRIN6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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In sports, they call them "intangibles"--hard-to-define qualities that help make a team or player rise to the top. The word comes to mind in assessing this ultra-sharp, mood-shifting album by veteran drummer Billy Hart's quartet, which passes the listener's litmus test with its tightness and tenacity and the depth of its material, while scoring extra points with the special chemistry of the players. In fact, the foursome used to perform under the joint leadership of the pianist Ethan Iverson and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. Now nominally led by Hart, a stream of consciousness stylist who has performed on countless sessions with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Gerry Mulligan, and Joe Lovano but recorded only seven previous times under his own name, the band breathes offbeat urgency and mystery into songs including Iverson's moody blues "Mellow B," Hart's darkly lovely "Lullaby for Imke" and a pair of full-tilt jazz classics, John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" and Charlie Parker's "Confirmation." Iverson leaves behind the hard-knuckled approach he takes with the Bad Plus, but not his adventurous harmonies. Turner departs his reputation as a stealth soloist to cut loose to sometimes thrilling effect. The fine bassist is Ben Street. --Lloyd Sachs

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on August 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
. . . even if they're a generation removed.

Originally billed as the Mark Turner/Ethan Iverson Quartet (the pianist-leader a member of the mega-hyped Bad Plus, and the saxophonist co-leader a young lion of note), this band, according to the liner notes, became the Billy Hart Quartet after a week at New York's Vanguard jazz club.

Which is only fitting. The drummer-leader, with over 300 sideman and seven leader discs under his belt, was the logical choice for top billing. He more than admirably acquits himself on this disc with a plurality of tunes (four) and a deep vibe that could only be his. That his fellow music-makers (Ethan Iverson, piano; Mark Turner, tenor sax; and Ben Street, bass) recognize his leadership only solidifies their standing in the jazz pantheon.

What we've got here is a fairly standard sounding modern jazz quartet. But wait. Isn't there some way weird ur-jazz thing happening? Yes, there is. Far from your ordinary sax-piano-bass-drums date, there's a kind of special mojo at work here, something that only happens when young lions at the top of their game encounter a jazz great, such as Billy Hart.

That players of such renown as Ethan Iverson, Mark Turner, and Ben Street would acquiesce to a jazz warrior of such stature as Billy Hart indicates that egos are set aside so that true jazz greatness may emerge. And emerge it does.

From the opening moments of the initial cut, "Mellow B," a blues by Iverson, to the reconfigured standards "Moment's Notice" and "Confirmation," there's a depth of music-making rarely encountered in this age of instant-gratification jazz.

This is contemporary jazz of the highest accomplishment. Highest recommendation.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Conklin on February 20, 2007
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This may be one of the finest modern (at least post-1970) jazz albums I've heard. The Quartet plays with great chemistry, and each musician contributes mightily. The whole things sounds like an extended suite, but the music is constantly changing and never monotonous. As you'd probably expect, it's very well recorded and sounds great. Saxophonist Turner's extended note near the start of Track 2 is, shall we say, classic. This is jazz in its purist sense, with little or no rock influence.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence L. Powell on October 4, 2006
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J. Dennis is right. A very, modern, moving, excellently played set of music. In a category of its own. It will be best enjoyed by lovers of jazz. Top notch musicians. Long live Billy Hart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony C. Alexander on June 22, 2013
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In between playing with virtually every major figure of jazz since the sixties, master drummer Billy Hart has occasionally taken time out to lead albums with utterly distinctive lineups of disparate musicians. this, the debut of his touring quartet, puts together lyrical tenorist Mark Turner, compellingly bipolar pianist Ethan Iverson (yes, from The Bad Plus), and bass original Ben Street. This is a real BAND, and they present a wonderful program of diverse originals and standards, studiously avoiding the head-solos-head cliches of small group jazz. My personal favorites include the opener, "Mellow B," a slow convoluted blues which starts with a wild drum solo over walking bass; and the marvelous cover of Coltrane's "Moments Notice." It begins with the famous vamp which is then destroyed by a beautifully dissonant low honk from Turner who then flies into a brilliant solo. The melody is not played until the end of the performance, which then melts into a gorgeous unaccompanied Turner cadenza, and we're done. Every tune radiates care, sensitivity, and fire. Don't miss this record, even if you already have the later, higher-profile ECM disc.
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