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Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band: The Broader Picture

Read "The Broader Picture" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A great teacher's influence can be unusually powerful and completely unbound, fixed to specific moments and lessons in a student's mind while also reverberating through time and space. You simply never know where it may lead, what doors it may unlock, or what wonders and worlds it may help to create. That's the subtext in the story behind this engrossing and brilliant affair. Back in 1992, Christophe Schweizer was a promising student at the Mannes College of ...

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The Billy Hart Quartet at the 21c Museum Hotel

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The Billy Hart Quartet The 21c Museum Hotel Durham, NC September 26, 2016 Nearing the end of their first set at the 21c Museum Hotel in downtown jny: Durham, Billy Hart stepped out from behind his set and looked out into the crowd. When he plays the drums, Hart's face often looks strained and stressed, as if every rush across the toms and intricate series of cymbal play comes from some deep place and must ...

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Billy Hart Quartet at the Village Vanguard

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Billy Hart Quartet Village Vanguard New York, NY June 3, 2014 What does it take for an esteemed veteran drummer to get his due as a leader? In the case of the great Billy Hart, it seems that a pair of albums under his name on the ECM imprint--All Our Reasons (ECM, 2012) and One Is The Other (ECM, 2014)--helped to do the trick. Hart, who's been around the block more ...

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Billy Hart: Welcoming New, Loving Old, Sounds

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The ubiquitous drummer Billy Hart brings a special energy to the many projects of which he is a part. A band leader, composer and educator, he's been on hundreds of albums. He has taken the stage with countless bands, adding his rhythmic pulse to formations led by a litany of the biggest names in the business. And at each concert, when Hart is being introduced by whomever the leader--Christian McBride, Eliane Elias, Joe Lovano, the Cookers--they always do ...

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Billy Hart Quartet: One is the Other

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There's little doubt about the value of longevity and ongoing musical relationships. It's been nearly a decade since Billy Hart assembled the group that would turn out to be his longest-standing, releasing Quartet (HighNote) in 2006. But it was with 2012's All Our Reasons that the drummer moved to ECM, reaping the benefits of the label's renowned attention to detail. It's also facilitated an accelerated release rate; after a six year gap between the first two records, One is the ...

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March 2013: Billy Hart Quartet

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Billy Hart QuartetPhiladelphia Art AlliancePhiladelphia, PAMarch 20, 2013The music of the Billy Hart Quartet demonstrates a thorough amalgamation of intriguingly disparate musical elements which retains both the mastery of a group of accomplished veterans and the perpetually transformative nature of a leader dedicated to a lifetime of artistic pursuits. The ensemble, consisting of drummer Hart, bassist Ben Street, pianist Ethan Iverson and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, has been Hart's working band since ...

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Billy Hart: All Our Reasons

Read "All Our Reasons" reviewed by John Kelman

In a career spanning work with saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and trumpeter Miles Davis to pianists Tommy Flanagan and Marian McPartland, drummer Billy Hart has pretty much seen it all, from the most centrist mainstream to the outer reaches of free playing and beyond. But as he approaches 72 later in 2012, there's one thing Hart hasn't done--until now. All Our Reasons represents the first time the veteran drummer has reunited the same band as on a previous recording, in this ...

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Billy Hart Quintet at The Rubin Museum of Art

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The Billy Hart Academy featuring Theo Croker The Rubin Museum of Art / JVC Jazz Festival New York, New York June 20, 2008

The Billy Hart Academy's outstanding show, on a Friday evening at New York's Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art as part of the 2008 JVC Jazz Festival, confirmed the best aspects of both the players and the celebrated music festival that began at Newport. Hart's storied prowess as a drummer has, ...

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Billy Hart: Quartet

Read "Quartet" reviewed by John Kelman

In a decades-long career that's seen him on hundreds of albums with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Pat Martino, Billy Hart has released only a handful of records as a leader. That may go some way towards explaining why he doesn't have the same cachet with the larger listening public as drummers like Jack DeJohnette. Still, when he does put out a record, it's always worth checking out. Quartet, his first release since Oceans of Time (Arabesque, 1997), may be ...

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Billy Hart: Quartet

Read "Quartet" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

While Elvin Jones and Tony Williams might be more noted names, Billy Hart is still a drummer for the ages, with over 500 appearances on record and a list of credits that includes Shirley Horn and Wes Montgomery, as well as recent recordings by Mimi Fox (Perpetually Hip) and the Mary Lou Williams Collective (Zodiac Suite: Revisited). Hart's exhausting schedule of gigs and teaching responsibilities have prevented him from recording more, but Quartet, his eighth release as a leader, is ...

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Billy Hart: A Hart of a Drummer

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Billy Hart is one of the unsung giants of jazz drumming. Appearing on classic recordings by Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner and Pharoah Sanders, Hart continues to push forward in performances and recordings with Charles Lloyd, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano and Don Byron's Ivey-Divey trio. If he's not in New York playing, he's either touring the globe or teaching at one of five colleges and universities at which he is faculty.

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