BILLY HART QUARTET feat. ETHAN IVERSON
Billy Hart has turned 80, and retracing his career today means rewinding time to more than 50 years of jazz history. Born in 1940, drummer in Washington D.C., after spending the first years of his music career playing R&B with Otis Redding and Sam & Dave in the early 1960s, he met, be it live or in the studio, almost all the great names of jazz music. Here is a partial list: Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, John Scofield, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Barron, Paul Bley, Dave Douglas, Chico Freeman, Shirley Horn, Lee Konitz, Charles Lloyd, Joe Lovano, Mingus Dynasty, Chick Corea, and many others.