Billy Hart Quartet

This quartet shows all the deeply intuitive instinct of their decade together. Leader and master drummer Billy Hart has a lengthy résumé that includes notable stints with Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and Charles Lloyd. Together with pianist Ethan Iverson of local origin and avant-jazz renegades the Bad Plus, tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, and bassist Ben Street, Hart plays complex, exquisitely nuanced, elegantly textured jazz that taps many historical facets while being very much in the modern moment. The quartet's new One Is the Other begins with a scrambling Iverson piano foray, each hand pursuing disparate rhythms to ignite the odd meters and quirky melodies in Turner's tribute to pianist Lennie Tristano "Lennie [fc] Groove." Iverson's "Maraschino" is a moody blues, Hart tickling the elusive pulse with his brushes while Turner paints impressionistic strokes with his horn.
Sun., June 15, 7 p.m., 2014

 
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