Look for Common Practice from the Ethan Iverson Quartet with Tom Harrell.
The full personnel is: Ethan Iverson, piano; Tom Harrell, trumpet; Ben Street, double bass; Eric McPherson, drums. A live in the Vanguard album — the Village Vanguard is generally reckoned to be the greatest jazz club in the world for live jazz recordings.
Track titles include George Gershwin’s ‘The Man I Love’, taken very slowly, ‘Polka Dots and Moonbeams,’ Denzil Best’s ‘Wee’ + a brace of Iverson originals.
Iverson writing on his blog Do the Math in 2016 noted: “When I was in high school I went every summer to the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp in Elmhurst, Illinois. The very first time I was placed in David Baker’s combo.
“David Baker was a thrilling personality. He had hung out and played with major jazz figures, and we loved hearing him tell stories about the masters from the vantage point of being a casual friend.
“One day that week Baker came in and began singing Denzil Best’s ‘Wee’ to us. No chart: We had to learn it by ear, and deal. The next day he made us play Lee Morgan’s ‘Ceora’ in all twelve keys.
“Baker was also a serious composer. I had yet to become immersed in classical music, but Baker gave me a book that was a strong indication that I should investigate more 20th-century composition.”
This is really quite something. A stellar trio who know each other’s moves instinctively: the sound bubbling up from the drums: Ali Jackson you may know from his work at the kit within the Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra sound; star pianist Aaron Goldberg who habitually thrives in a trio situation; and bassist Omer Avital whose own work as a leader is also worth checking out. The highly accurately exclamatory monikered, for once, Yes! Trio are on the French indie jazz label Jazz&People roster: look for Groove du jour (****) on 11 October. Seriously swinging but not at all indulgent or tired the trio keep it interesting and you feel the narration in the way they handle each tune.
Above a live version of ‘Escalier,’ the Ali Jackson composition that opens Groove du Jour.