Ethan Iverson

School Work

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Pianist Ethan Iverson (originally from Wisconsin) teams up with two fine German musicians (bassist Johannes Weidenmuller and drummer Falk Willis) and, on half of the selections, the great tenorman Dewey Redman for some stimulating inside/outside improvising. The performances range from a warm version of Duke Ellington's "I Got It Bad" and a Charlie Parker blues to Ornette Coleman's upbeat "School Work," Herbie Nichols' "2300 Skidoo," and five Iverson originals. The free bop music is often quite exciting without getting too radical for straight-ahead fans. Ethan Iverson shows a lot of talent, and Dewey Redman is up to his usual high level.

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