Pianist and composer Ethan Iverson was one of three who formed The Bad Plus, the legendary trio that fused avant-garde jazz with rock and pop and became known, among other things, for interpreting everything from grunge icons such as Nirvana to Pink Floyd, Neil Young, David Bowie, Johnny Cash and the Bee Gees.
Since leaving The Bad Plus, Iverson has kept busy. Centennial celebration of Thelonious Monk at Duke University. Premiere of a piano concerto with the American Composers Orchestra and a duo album of new compositions with Mark Turner at ECM. The latest trio record Every Note Is True offers a form of jazz-Americana where Iverson has brought along the master instrumentalists Larry Grenadier and Jack De Johnette.
As a composer and instrumentalist, Iverson succeeds with the piece of art in shedding new light on the tradition and working from within the compositions in a way reminiscent of Thelonious Monk and Keith Jarrett, the latter primarily with his trio work.
A large dose of humor is always present in Iverson’s music, and for Fasching this jazz magnate brings with him drummer Kush Abadey, who sat on the drum stand with Wallace Roney, Ravi Coltrane, Melissa Aldana and Wynton Marsalis. On bass, we find Thomas Morgon who, in addition to his own trio, has received a lot of praise for his collaboration with Bill Frisell.
Ethan Iverson – piano
Thomas Morgan – bass
Kush Abadey – drums