BILLY HART

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William "Billy" Hart (born November 29, 1940 in Washington, D.C.) is a jazz drummer and educator who has performed with some of the most important jazz musicians in history.

Early on Hart performed in Washington, D.C. with soul artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, and then later with Buck Hill and Shirley Horn, and was a sideman with the Montgomery Brothers (1961), Jimmy Smith (1964–1966), and Wes Montgomery (1966–1968). Following Montgomery’s death in 1968, Hart moved to New York, where he recorded with McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul, and played with Eddie Harris, Pharoah Sanders, and Marian McPartland. Hart was a member of Herbie Hancock's sextet (1969–1973), and played with McCoy Tyner (1973–1974), Stan Getz (1974–1977), and Quest (1980s), in addition to extensive freelance playing (including recording with Miles Davis on 1972's On the Corner). At age 70, Billy Hart works steadily and teaches widely. Since the early
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BILLY HART Enchance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Enchance
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
BILLY HART Billy Hart - Walter Bishop Jr.- George Mraz : The Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Billy Hart - Walter Bishop Jr.- George Mraz : The Trio
Post Bop 1982
BILLY HART Oshumare album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oshumare
Avant-Garde Jazz 1984
BILLY HART Rah album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rah
Post Bop 1988
BILLY HART Amethyst album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Amethyst
Post Bop 1993
BILLY HART Oceans of Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oceans of Time
Post Bop 1997
BILLY HART Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quartet
Post Bop 2006
BILLY HART Route F album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Route F
Post Bop 2006
BILLY HART Sixty-Eight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sixty-Eight
Post Bop 2011
BILLY HART All Our Reasons album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
All Our Reasons
Post Bop 2012
BILLY HART One Is The Other album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
One Is The Other
Post Bop 2014
BILLY HART Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band : The Broader Picture album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band : The Broader Picture
Progressive Big Band 2016

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BILLY HART Live at the Cafe Damberd album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Cafe Damberd
Post Bop 2009

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BILLY HART One Is The Other

Album · 2014 · Post Bop
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It's no secret that during the last decade or so, most of the advanced ECM label releases all came from American jazzmen. Michael Formanek, Tim Berne and Craig Taborn are all among the label's forefront artists, always bringing some fresh air to the well refurbished ECM museum of chamber jazz.

Veteran drummer Billy Hart is another label newcomer. He has played with Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock(1969-73), McCoy Tyner,and was Miles Davis' drummer on "On The Corner". Dave Holland, Eddie Henderson, Oliver Lake, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, Don Pullen and Dewey Redman all played on Hart's solo debut in 1977. With this sort of background, it would not seem that his energetic free, or even sometimes rock-influenced playing would have anything in common with the drier ECM aesthetics.

Two years ago, when Hart's long lasting project (Billy Hart Quartet), with pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Ben Street and sax player Mark Turner, released their debut on ECM, it looked like the label was just trying to improve upon their successful American artists team. A well-balanced, but sometimes directionless post-bop effort, "All Our Reasons" didn't become a sensation.

Now, two years later, "One Is the Other" continues the line of its predecessor, but it's an improved one. One can't find memorable songs or unusual moves here, but on the plus side, an almost telepathic relation between all the quartet's members, plus quite complex and even quirky compositions, groovy, bluesy (at least for ECM standard) sounds all make this album an attractive new release.

Placed in the ECM program somewhere in between European chamber jazz artists and the more adventurous New York "new avant-garde" musicians, Billy Hart's music is a good choice for those who loves the ECM sound, but are a bit bored with their too safe well-polished groove-less "classic" albums.

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