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My Ideal

Artist: Martin Speake

Date of Release: 02/12/2004

Catalogue no: ref23

Label: Basho Records

Price: £5.50

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Everything Happens to Me (Dennis/Adair)

5.57

2

 

My Ideal (Whiting/Chase/Robin)

4.14

3

 

What is Thing Called Love? (Porter)

4.06

4

 

So In Love (Porter)

4.39

5

 

Loverman (Davis/Ramirez/Sherman)

5.40

6

 

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Kern/Harbach)

3.05

7

 

Stardust (Carmichael/Parish)

3.35

8

 

How Insensitive (Jobim/Demoraes)

5.37

9

 

You Must Believe in Spring (Legrand/Demy/Bergman Bergman)

3.24

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Ethan Iverson

"Speake's soft tone and undemonstrative audacity found an excellent counterpoise in Iverson, who is as likely to veer off into streams of classical arpeggios as he is to play swing or stride, though he does plenty of those too.

This music was recorded in December 2002 (and produced by Iain Ballamy, no stranger to saxophone understatement) when the pair were touring the UK, and their absorbing live show is recalled by Iverson's technically-sweeping free-classical upsurge after Speake's smoke-rings on Everything Happens to Me, the duo's limping, Monkish arrangement of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and the almost sinister idling saunter of Jobim's How Insensitive. Iverson's powers are probably better revealed in these bare surroundings than they are in the Bad Plus". John Fordham, The Guardian

My Ideal is a duo featuring Martin Speake on alto sax and Ethan Iverson on piano

 

Reviews

 

02/12/2002 Phil Johnson, The Independent

"On the face of it, My Ideal is nothing special: duets of standards with the pianist Ethan Iverson from the American trio The Bad Plus. But listen again and it soon begins to stand comparison with anyone, anywhere. Speake's creamy, almost ingratiatingly melodic flights of fancy are continually brought crashing to the ground by the mad chromaticism of Iverson's piano vamps. It's ancient and modern at the same time; Beauty meets the Beast as written by Cole Porter, and then spoiled by Ornette Coleman".

 

02/12/2002 Lara Bellini,Jazz Review.com

"A very enjoyable album".

 

02/12/2002 John Fordham, The Guardian Review of a gig at the Vortex.

...creatively spontaneous duo playing, full of surprising twists and turns"

 

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