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Billy Hart Corner

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In listening to today's random music selection, I noticed that two albums had Billy Hart on drums: Nick Brignola's Raincheck, and Jimmy & Doug Raney's Stolen Moments.  He seems to have popped up a lot lately, at least on my stereo.  How many dates has this guy played on, anyway?  And he always seems to offer the right accompaniment to whatever style of music's being created.  So he definitely deserves his own "corner."  What are some of your favorite Billy Hart dates?

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Enhance is still a classic. One of the stronger debut leader albu ms.

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There's a lot of praise for Billy Hart in the novel "The Bear Comes Home".  (Why am I writing in italics?) 

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Sometimes Hart's drumming (as an ex-drummer drummers work sometimes draw my attention) bothers me. . . most recently on one of the last Bobby Hutcherson leader dates. Accents on the snare that I would expect to go down in pitch go up, and sometimes vice versa. He's a great player.

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Billy Hart is a SUPERB musician and drummer!!! 

Here's a sampling of Jabali's work during the 1970s.
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Herbie Hancock - Mwandishi (Warner Brothers)
Harold Land - A New Shade of Blue (Mainstream)
Wayne Shorter - Odyssey of Iska (Blue Note)
Buddy Terry - Pure Dynamite (Mainstream)
Eddie Henderson - Realization (Capricorn)
Bennie Maupin - The Jewel in the Lotus (ECM)
Carlos Garnett - Black Love (Muse)
Harold Vick - Don't Look Back (Strata-East)
Buster Williams - Pinnacle (Muse)
Charles Sullivan - Re-Entry (Why Not)
Hal Galper - Reach Out (SteepleChase)
Billy Hart - Enchance (A&M Horizon)
Andy LaVerne Trio – Another World (SteepleChase)
Mike Richmond - Dream Waves (Sonet)
John McNeil Quartet - Embarkation (SteepleChase)
Pepper Adams - Reflectory (Muse)
Arnett Cobb - Arnett Cobb is Back (Progressive)
Buck Hill - Scope (SteepleChase)
Shirley Horn - A Lazy Afternoon (SteepleChase)
Joanne Brackeen - Snooze aka Six-Ate (Choice)
Stan Getz - The Master (Columbia)
Pat Martino - Exit (Muse)
Duke Jordan Trio - Change a Pace (SteepleChase)
Jimmy Rowles - Grand Paws (Choice)
Jim McNeely - The Plot Thickens (Gatemouth/Muse)
Doug Raney & Jimmy Raney - Stolen Moments (SteepleChase)
Billy Harper - Soran-Bushi, B.H. (Denon)

 

Some other favorites:
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His (relatively) recent work with the Billy Hart Quartet [with Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson and Ben Street]:
- Billy Hart Quartet (HighNote)
- All Our Reasons (ECM)
- One Is the Other (ECM)

Plus his work with Quest [with Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach, and Ron McClure]:
Quest II (Storyville)
- Of One Mind (CMP)
- Redemption: Quest Live in Europe (HatOLOGY)
- Re-Dial: Live in Hamburg (Outnote)
- Circular Dreaming (Enja)

 

 

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Excellent drummer .... appreciate him inter alias as part of the Jimmy Rowles Trio on Choice ....  

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11 hours ago, JSngry said:

Enhance is still a classic. One of the stronger debut leader albu ms.

Enhance? Been reading too many spam emails? 

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Enchance. I got it wrong then, I get it wrong still. But either way it's a great record.

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I hope it made the 70s blog.

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3 hours ago, JSngry said:

Enchance. I got it wrong then, I get it wrong still. But either way it's a great record.

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I hope it made the 70s blog.

Yes, it's in my survey. :tup

 

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That's such a good record, and reached a broader jazz audience (if not a larger one, don't know how well it sold)...more people were knowing Dewey from Keith, and Pullen from Mingus, etc. but here's Oliver Lake, who a lot of people were not yet familiar with (unless they already were, if you know what I mean), in a very diverse program wonderfully performed and exquisitely recorded. I saw a lot of people who were hearing "freer" styles, maybe for the first time, on this record and liking it, maybe also for the first time, because of the overall structure of the record itself. Just a brilliant record in every way, imo.

Horizon was a great label until, as the story goes, Quincy Jones heard the Revolutionary Ensemble record, took it to Herb Albert and asked him why he was putting money into THIS shit, after which, things got weird...but at least John Snyder was able to go and do Artist House for a while.

So, I'll defend Quincy Jones against all the allegations of ghostwiters and all that, because sorry kids, that IS the way this business works if you want to have a large life. But still, fuck Quincy Jones for fucking up Horizon records.

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Billy Hart is in many recordings by Stan Getz. This is one of my favorites with Getz and Hart together.41oMJmvaY8L._AC_UY218_.jpg

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Nice guy. I literally sat right next to him which was an amazing percussion experience. We chatted between sets. He's from DC so a lot of his homies were in the audience. Don't overlook his work with the Cookers.

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did that link to the lengthy online chat/interview get posted on this board?

 

almost 2.5 hours, and worth every second of it.

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1 hour ago, Peter Friedman said:

Billy Hart is in many recordings by Stan Getz. This is one of my favorites with Getz and Hart together.41oMJmvaY8L._AC_UY218_.jpg

Great platter indeed ....

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1 hour ago, Peter Friedman said:

Billy Hart is in many recordings by Stan Getz. This is one of my favorites with Getz and Hart together.41oMJmvaY8L._AC_UY218_.jpg

 

11 minutes ago, soulpope said:

Great platter indeed ....

Yes, it's a special record.

 

34 minutes ago, JSngry said:

did that link to the lengthy online chat/interview get posted on this board?

 

almost 2.5 hours, and worth every second of it.

Wasn't aware of this. Thanks Jim! :tup

 

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6 hours ago, JSngry said:

Enchance. I got it wrong then, I get it wrong still. But either way it's a great record.

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To be fair, Enchance isn't a real word.

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He seems to be all over my record collection.  So many times Ilook at the credits and the drummer is Billy Hart.  

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3 hours ago, Peter Friedman said:

Billy Hart is in many recordings by Stan Getz. This is one of my favorites with Getz and Hart together.41oMJmvaY8L._AC_UY218_.jpg

Love this album.

Hart was also on 4 Charles Lloyd ECMs, of which my favorites are Canto and Lift Every Voice.

And of the 2 ECMs under Hart’s name, One Is the Other is really really great.

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8 minutes ago, Guy Berger said:

Hart was also on 4 Charles Lloyd ECMs, of which my favorites are Canto and Lift Every Voice.

Oh yeah! That Charles Lloyd quartet with Bobo Stenson, Anders Jormin, and Hart was fantastic.

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Another excellent Billy Hart sideman date:

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Mads Vinding Trio - Open Minds (Storyville, 2011)

Hardly made a ripple at the time it was released -- but it's a GREAT record, IMO.

 

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After Enchance, a little time passed, but he then did some interesting leader dates on Grammavision that cemented him, imo, as somebody who was always going to bring interesting, non-hackneyed concepts to his records.

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Billy's son, Lorca Hart, is a pretty good drummer.

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Btw it’s kind of tangential to this thread but the version of “How Long Has This Been Going On” from Getz’s Blue Skies is incredible - my favorite version of that standard.

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2 hours ago, Guy Berger said:

Btw it’s kind of tangential to this thread but the version of “How Long Has This Been Going On” from Getz’s Blue Skies is incredible - my favorite version of that standard.

Yep .... definitely a (in some circles) overlooked gem ....

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He played on hundreds of albums after the Mwandishi sextet, and always delivered! 

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