Ethan Iverson, the wonderful pianist, teacher, and member of The Bad Plus, has a terrific blog, Floyd Camembert Reports. This is his most recent post, #37: (ECM records, the moral of the story), about being engaged, showing up, and being ready.
“In the 1990s, I went out to see music whenever I could. I was broke but I found money to hang anyway. A lot of the time I was at Smalls seeing Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Ben Street, and Jeff Ballard play their near-weekly Wednesday gig. This band really taught me something about group sound: they all played so great, but together they all seemed even greater.
Things went well for the quartet, they signed record deals and eventually they played the Village Vanguard, which was a big step up from Smalls.”