Billy Hart Quartet
This high-grade quartet is a collective endeavor, but out of respect to fantastic drummer Billy Hart, at 71 the oldest member of the group, it bears his name. Over the decades Hart has rarely been a bandleader, though he's worked with a who's who of postbop giants—Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders—and brought an inimitable lilt and improvisational heft to just about everything he touches. He's cut two albums with this dream band, which includes some of the most influential voices of jazz's younger generation: Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson, Fly saxophonist Mark Turner, and bassist Ben Street. The recent All Our Reasons (ECM) is one of the year's most gratifying jazz releases so far, with tunes that hollow out and rebuild standards such as Coltrane's "Giant Steps" and Sonny Rollins's "Airegin" and originals that expertly toy with form and harmony.
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