Billy Hart Quartet
William W. "Jabali" Hart, drums
Mark Turner, tenor saxophone
Ethan Iverson, piano
Ben Street, bass
This quartet has been performing since 2003, mostly in New York at the Village Vanguard, the Jazz Standard, Fat Cat, Dizzy's, and Birdland.
The first week it was billed as “The Ethan Iverson/Mark Turner quartet.” But after Billy asked it to be his band for a night for a gig in New Jersey, the other members unanimously voted to give it him permanently. There has never been any doubt that the right name was on the bill: At every gig, fans and musicians from all over the world come out to support a drummer who has engendered so much love and respect during so many years of touring, teaching, and living.
All Our Reasons (ECM) was recorded June 2011 and released March 2012.
I'm devoted to Billy Hart, but I'm also devoted to Mark Turner and Ben Street. On September 23, 2009 the group played a set at the Vanguard that was documented by NPR. I was so impressed by the way Mark and Ben played "Giant Steps" that night that I transcribed it.
That was 2009. On “Ohnedaruth" from All Our Reasons, Mark and Ben (and Billy) show they are still developing how they thread these changes...
Previously, the group's first release, Quartet (High Note), recorded October 2005, was chosen as one of the "10 best jazz records of 2006" by K. Leander Williams at Time Out NY and Nate Chinen at the New York Times.