Vinnie Sperrazza · Ethan Iverson · Michael Formanek

When I was a kid, a Fresh Sound New Talent album was a ticket to the wider world of jazz and music. All the hippest players were on Fresh Sound -Mehldau, Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, and the Bad Plus. It’s an honor and my privilege to present this new trio on this great label.

Brief notes on the tunes: “Stephen Paul;” full name— Stephen Paul Motian. A blues in D with three themes, on “Saturday” we get in the car and swing out. “Don’t mention the war” comes of course from John Cleese and “Fawlty Towers”. Ethan Iverson and Michael Formanek bring out the absurdity of that phrase. The scale fragment with curlicuing bass motion suggested a “Veiled Promise”; a simple idea with uncomfortable complexity underneath. “Just Forget It” was written as a vehicle for Ethan, perfect for his emotional complex soloing. When he’s not making us laugh, he’s making us cry. Right? I don’t know....

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Vinnie Sperrazza · Ethan Iverson · Michael Formanek Albums

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