The Purity of the Turf is kind of a "bucket list" moment for Ethan Iverson, who has always wanted to make a record with famous bassist Ron Carter.
Iverson, pianist of the famous trio "The Bad Plus", chose drummer Nasheet Waits to fill out the trio, because Waits represents the avant-garde as well as swing.
Criss Cross records are level playing field, with everyone recording in the same studio in a single day: Thus the sporting title, "The Purity of the Turf".
The repertoire is mostly originals and jazz classics. A surprise highlight is the solo piano tribute to the late Paul Bley, "So Hard it Hurts" by Annette Peacock.
|1.||The Purity Of The Turf (Ethan Iverson) 4:31|
|2.||Song For My Father (Horace Silver) 5:19|
|3.||Darn That Dream (Jimmy Van Heusen / Edgar DeLange) 4:43|
|4.||Along Came Betty (Benny Golson) 5:45|
|5.||Graduation Day (Ethan Iverson) 3:33|
|6.||Confirmation (Charlie Parker) 6:14|
|7.||Kush (Nasheet Waits) 5:35|
|8.||Sent For You Yesterday (Count Basie / Eddie Durham) 4:55|
|9.||Strange Serenade (Andrew Hill) 4:23|
|10.||Little Waltz (Ron Carter) 5:01|
|11.||Einbahnstrasse (Ron Carter) 5:10|
|12.||So Hard It Hurts (Annette Peacock) 3:18|
Total Time: 58:46
Recorded February 22, 2016 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Michael Marciano