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Before & After With Ethan Iverson

Playing it straight

Muhal Richard Abrams
Bud Powell
Ethan Iverson

Between touring and recording in the Bad Plus, playing with living legends on the order of Ron Carter, Billy Hart and Albert “Tootie” Heath and writing about jazz with superior insight on his blog, Do the Math, Ethan Iverson has gained a reputation not only as a leading pianist but as one of the jazz scene’s most acutely sensitive listeners. On the day before a big New York concert with the Bad Plus and guests (tackling the 1972 Ornette Coleman classic Science Fiction), Iverson sat in his Brooklyn apartment and offered thoughts on a wide range of piano music, always with an eye on the big picture.

1. Brad Mehldau Trio

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