British alto saxophonist Martin Speake has recently rekindled a musical alliance with one of the most high-profile of the new breed of exciting and innovative American jazz pianists, The Bad Plus's Ethan Iverson.
It was in 2002 Martin and Ethan last performed together - as a duo touring the UK and Scotland, following the release of 'My Ideal', a ballad album of standards. Now, 15 years on, they're back together to record an album of Martin’s compositions due for release in 2018.
A musician whose classically informed writing and playing has been likened to that of Brad Mehldau, Ethan cites among his many diverse influences Stravinsky and Ornette Coleman. He's also worked with musicians such as Billy Hart, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Lee Konitz, Albert 'Tootie' Heath, Ron Carter, Paul Motian and Charlie Haden....