Billy Hart, Ethan Iverson, Mark Turner & Ben Street | SFJAZZ
Billy Hart, Ethan Iverson, Mark Turner & Ben Street
The driving pulse of drummer Billy Hart has provided the backbone for the most adventurous modern jazz since the early 1960s, including Herbie Hancock’s explosive Mwandishi band and the loose juggernaut chronicled on Miles Davis’ hugely influential 1972 release On The Corner. A rhythmic whirlwind who began his career driving the groove behind jazz legends Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery in his hometown of Washington D.C., Hart moved to New York after the death of Montgomery in 1968, and found himself in the thick of the electrified, Afro-Centric jazz scene thriving there. In addition to his contribution to definitive statements by Hancock and Davis, work with Pharoah Sanders, Eddie Harris, Joe Zawinul, Eddie Henderson, Wayne Shorter, and McCoy Tyner followed in rapid order, establishing Hart as a first-call rhythm section player. By the mid-70s, the drummer was regularly working with Stan Getz, and made his first venture as a bandleader with 1977’s Enchance, a superb session featuring Dewey Redman and Dave Holland. A procession of solid records followed with varying lineups until 2006’s Billy Hart Quartet – an acclaimed album featuring the empathic band that has been Hart’s primary ensemble ever since, featuring Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson, saxophonist Mark Turner, and bassist Ben Street. Their latest ECM release, One Is the Other, is their most accomplished to date.
Billy Hart drums
Mark Turner tenor saxophone
Ethan Iverson piano
Ben Street bass