A great quartet fronted by two of the most original improvisers on either side of the Atlantic. Britain’s Martin Speake revives a partnership with Ethan Iverson, one of New York’s finest and most innovative pianists, best known for his work as a member of The Bad Plus that goes back over a decade. Expect dazzling originality backed by the excellent Fred Thomas on bass and James Maddren on drums.
In 1990 alto saxophonist Martin Speake and Ethan Iverson met at Banff Centre for The Arts in Canada where they studied for a month with Steve Coleman, Rufus Reid, Kevin Eubanks, Stanley Cowell, Kenny Wheeler and many others. This began their musical relationship and they kept in touch for a while as Ethan moved to New York and eventually became the musical director/pianist with Mark Morris Dance Company. Since then he has toured with world with the critically acclaimed trio The Bad Plus and recently has recorded with Ron Carter and Lee Konitz amongst others.
Martin decided to contact Ethan after a ten year gap and they began playing together again and in 2002 performed as a duo in the UK and Scotland and released the CD “My Ideal” (Basho Records), a ballad album of standards.
Now 15 years later they have recorded a quartet album of Martin’s compositions due for release in 2018. This band also features bassist Fred Thomas and drummer James Maddren.
“Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent.” Thomas Conrad Jazz Times
Ethan Iverson piano
For the rest of 2017, Ethan Iverson is one-third of The Bad Plus, a game-changing collective with Reid Anderson and David King. The New York Times called The Bad Plus “…Better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.” The Bad Plus has performed in venues as diverse as the Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, and Bonnaroo; collaborated with Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, and the Mark Morris Dance Group; and created a faithful arrangement of Stravinky’s The Rite of Spring and a radical reinvention of Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction.
In 2017 Iverson is co-curating a major centennial celebration of Thelonious Monk at Duke University and in 2018 will be premiering an original piano concerto with the American Composers Orchestra.