Bar code: 8427328420648
Ethan Iverson is one of the most talented, innovative and original young pianists to emerge on the N.Y.C. jazz scene. Ethans previous release for Fresh Sound was voted as one of 1998s top ten jazz releases by New York Times jazz critic, Peter Watrous.
01. Other Roses (Iverson) 8:46
02. Body And Soul (Green-Sour-Heyman-Eyton) 8:31
03. Blues For The Groundskeeper (Ethan Iverson) 7:14
04. Milestones (Davis) 5:07
05. The Minor Passions (Iverson) 8:11
06. Where Or When Rodgers-Hart) 7:15
07. Neon (Iverson) 5:43
08. Lullaby (Iverson) 5:54
Total time: 56:41 min.
Ethan Iverson (piano), Reid Anderson (bass), Billy Hart (drums).
Recorded live at Greenwhich House Music School, New York City, 1999
Engineered, mixed & edited by Jon Rosenberg
Producer: Ethan Iverson
Executive producer: Jordi Pujol
"A moody, introspective live recording, The Minor Passions features pianist Ethan Iverson in a trio setting with bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Billy Hart. The two standards of the set, "Body and Soul" and "Where or When," are rather dark and brooding, while the classic "Milestones" is a brief glimmer of boppish exuberance. "Other Roses" and "Neon" are based on "Honeysuckle Rose" and "All the Things You Are," respectively, although Iverson thickly disguises their origins.
While Iverson is capable of bracing technical displays, he's more interested in sustaining a conceptual thesis throughout the album. The subtle interplay of Anderson and Hart is crucial in this regard, giving shape to the swinging "Blues for the Groundskeeper," the spacious "Lullaby," and the semi-frenetic title track."
David R. Adler -All Music Guide