“Hart has recorded hundreds of albums, backing, among many others, pianist Herbie Hancock. But he sometimes records under his own name too, especially now that he has a well-seasoned quartet.” Here’s the MPR review of Hart’s new recording with this quartet’s new recording “One Is The Other.”
About Billy Hart Quartet feat. Ethan Iverson
With Billy Hart on drums, Mark Turner on saxophone, Ethan Iverson on piano and Ben Street on bass.
William “Billy” Hart (born November 29, 1940 in Washington, D.C.) is a jazz drummer and educator extraordinaire, who has performed with some of the most important jazz musicians in history.
Early on Hart performed in Washington, D.C. with soul artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, and then later with Buck Hill and Shirley Horn, and was a sideman with the Montgomery Brothers (1961), Jimmy Smith (1964–1966), and Wes Montgomery (1966–1968). Following Montgomery’s death in 1968, Hart moved to New York, where he recorded with McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul, and played with Eddie Harris, Pharoah Sanders, and Marian McPartland.
Hart was a member of Herbie Hancock’s sextet (1969–1973), and played with McCoy Tyner (1973–1974), Stan Getz (1974–1977), and Quest (1980s), in addition to extensive freelance playing (including recording with Miles Davis on 1972′s On the Corner).
At age 72, Billy Hart works steadily and teaches widely. Since the early 1990s Hart spends considerable time at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is adjunct faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and Western Michigan University. He also conducts private lessons through The New School and New York University. Hart often contributes to the Stokes Forest Music Camp and the Dworp Summer Jazz Clinic in Belgium.
Ethan Iverson is best known to Twin Cities fans for his piano work with the critically acclaimed and widely popular avant-garde jazz trio, The Bad Plus.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Freedom, discipline, daring, passion, swing, broken rhythm, orchestral textures, interactive sparring, shocking dynamics, astounding creativity and authority. Want to know what jazz is really about? Listen to Billy Hart.” - Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press