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Jared Gold: Reemergence (Strikezone)

Organist Jared Gold, guitarist Dave Stryker, and drummer Billy Hart, augmented by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt on three tracks, prove there’s still some life in the venerable B-3 jazz combo. The opening title track sets the tone: Gold is his usual deep-grooved self; Pelt summons a blunt-edged aggressiveness that somewhat belies his well-known Milesian proclivities; Stryker, … Read More “Jared Gold: Reemergence (Strikezone)”

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Billy Hart & the WDR Big Band: The Broader Picture

Billy Hart is beyond a “first-call” drummer. He is all but inescapable. It is not surprising for him to turn up almost anywhere. Except in Germany, leading a big band. Actually, the conductor here is Christophe Schweizer. Hart occupies the drum chair, his explosive rhythmic forces shaping and motivating every track. Schweizer, from Switzerland, studied … Read More “Billy Hart & the WDR Big Band: The Broader Picture”

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Billy Hart/Ethan Iverson/Mark Turner/Ben Street: All Our Reasons

Drummer Billy Hart’s current quartet lineup has been together since 2003, working steadily for most of that time; All Our Reasons, however, is only their second album (and first for ECM). It follows their 2005 debut, Quartet, a rhythmically forthright effort that succeeded on a blend of bebop and free aesthetics substantially informed by the … Read More “Billy Hart/Ethan Iverson/Mark Turner/Ben Street: All Our Reasons”

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Billy Hart: Sixty-Eight

Billy Hart has been one of the best drummers in jazz for 50 years and has recorded voluminously, but Sixty-Eight is only his eighth album under his own name. Like a new-millennium Art Blakey, Hart leads a young sextet of hot emerging players, but the band here is edgier than the Jazz Messengers ever were. … Read More “Billy Hart: Sixty-Eight”

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