Joshua Redman is known for his many and varied musical projects. His latest collaboration with Billy Hart brings an exciting meld of old and new jazz masters. Joshua recently joined Billy and his core trio (including Ethan Iverson and Ben Street) for an explosive week at the Village Vanguard that was talk of the town. Redman says, “Billy Hart is one of the greatest living jazz drummers.
Hell, he’s one of the greatest drummers of ALL TIME. Playing with Billy, Ethan and Ben at the Vanguard was everything I dreamt it would be: Awe-inspiring. Ass-kicking. Life-affirming.
A true connection to The Source. Once I got I taste of that, I knew I had to come back for more, and more…
Billy Hart has been in the most authentic thread in this music ever since he was a teenager in Washington D.C. Among his first mentors was premiere vocalist Shirley Horn (much later Hart would be instrumental in helping arrange her “comeback”), while his first sustained national
exposure was with the greatest Hammond organist, Jimmy Smith, followed by a tenure with Wes Montgomery at the height of the guitarist’s popularity.
Around 1970 in New York, Hart played and recorded with all sorts of cutting-edge musicians like Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Eddie Harris, and Pharoah Sanders, a period that culminated with Hart joining Herbie Hancock’s epochal Mwandishi ensemble.
Hart credits a long stint with Stan Getz in the later 70s to have been the final tempering needed to become one of the greatest jazz drummers. Since then Hart has been on countless records and an integral part of ensembles ranging from all-star occasions with Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson to local Brooklyn innovators blessed to have the participation of a master who still takes an interest in the latest developments.
These past few years he has been most frequently seen on tour with two sets of bonafide legends, The Cookers and Saxophone Summit.
Ethan Iverson – Piano
Ben Street – Bass
Billy Hart – Drums
Joshua Redman – Sax