Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Veteran hard-bop drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath recently led a dynamic trio – which also featured Ethan Iverson on piano and Ben Street on bass – through two light-hearted sets of standards at the Falcon in Marlboro.
Iverson and Street are veterans of the scene in their own right. Iverson is the bandleader of the well known iconoclastic trio the Bad Plus, while Ben Street best known for his work with such A-list jazzers as Billy Hart, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Mark Turner.
The set was interlaced with Tootie’s good-natured banter and captivating tales of the hey day of hard-bop. The arrangements by Iverson were tasty and musical. Of particular note were the trio’s version of the vintage Henry Mancini nugget “Charade” and a lively playful rendition of James P. Johnson’s classic “The Charleston.”
Hopefully, we will hear more of this delightful trio upstate in the near future. In the meantime, however, Everson will be leading the Bad Plus – also featuring bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King – in concert at The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (February 8).