"''Iverson is a great pianist that shows the best of himself with this album.''"Jazzenzo, 23-12-2016
The Purity of the Turf is kind of a "bucket list" moment for Ethan Iverson, who has always wanted to make a record with famous bassist Ron Carter. Iverson, pianist of the famous trio "The Bad Plus", chose drummer Nasheet Waits to fill out the trio, because Waits represents the avant-garde as well as swing.
Criss Cross records are level playing field, with everyone recording in the same studio in a single day: Thus the sporting title, "The Purity of the Turf."
The repertoire is mostly originals and jazz classics. A surprise highlight is the solo piano tribute to the late Paul Bley, "So Hard it Hurts" by Annett Peacock.
Born February 11, 1973 in Menomonie, Wisconsin – moved to New York City in 1991 and played dance classes, comedy sports, theatre pits, and in the New York Tango Trio with Raul Jaurena and Pablo Aslan – studied with Fred Hersch, then Sophia Rosoff, – became music director of Mark Morris Dance Group in 1998 – was part of late-’90s indie jazz scene along with Bill McHenry, Jeff Williams, Reid Anderson and others, mainly documented on Fresh Sound New Talent, thanks to Jorge Rossy – worked as a sideman with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Mark Turner in 2000/2001.
The Bad Plus with Anderson and Dave King formed in 2001, the Billy Hart Quartet with Turner and Ben Street formed in 2003, Do the Math debuted in 2005. In recent years Iverson has performed with Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne, Hank Roberts, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Larry Grenadier, Jorge Rossy, Nasheet Waits, Lee Konitz, Ron Carter, Tom Harrell, Ron Miles, Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake and Sam Newsome.
Iverson’s 30-minute solo piano score for Dance Heginbotham, “Easy Win” (2015) and the string quartet movement for Brooklyn Rider, “Morris Dance” (2011) are through-composed.
His current piano teacher is John Bloomfield of the Dorothy Taubman tradition. Iverson resides in Park Slope with wife Sarah Deming.
''Iverson is a great pianist that shows the best of himself with this album.''