The Purity of the Turf (album)

The Purity of the Turf is a studio album led by American jazz pianist Ethan Iverson. The album was recorded in 2016 and released by the Criss Cross Jazz label on September 16, 2016.[1][2]

The Purity of the Turf
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 16, 2016
RecordedFebruary 22, 2016
StudioSystems Two Recording Studios, Brooklyn, NY
LabelCriss Cross Jazz
Criss 1391 CD
ProducerGerry Teekens
Ethan Iverson chronology
Costumes Are Mandatory
The Purity of the Turf
Temporary Kings


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Guardian     [3]
DownBeat     [4]

The Guardian's John Fordham called it "An album of delightfully rugged character, as might be expected from the lineup".[3] DownBeat reviewer Bob Doerschuk said "all three musicians conspire to create a landmark session, one that targets both the visceral pleasures of swing and more cerebral levels of appreciation".[4] In his article for JazzTimes, Michael J. West wrote, "the fun of listening to The Purity of the Turf is in the anticipation of Iverson throwing such wrenches into the works ... The album’s repertoire of standards and how he reorients them toward his own twisty concept comprise its considerable pleasure".[5]

Track listingEdit

  1. "The Purity of the Turf" (Ethan Iverson) – 4:31
  2. "Song for My Father" (Horace Silver) – 5:19
  3. "Darn That Dream" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Eddie DeLange) – 4:43
  4. "Along Came Betty" (Benny Golson) – 5:45
  5. "Graduation Day" (Iverson) – 3:33
  6. "Confirmation" (Charlie Parker) – 6:14
  7. "Kush" (Nasheet Waits) – 5:35
  8. "Sent for You Yesterday" (Count Basie, Eddie Durham) – 4:55
  9. "Strange Serenade" (Andrew Hill) – 4:23
  10. "Little Waltz" (Ron Carter) – 5:01
  11. "Einbahnstrasse" (Carter) – 5:10
  12. "So Hard It Hurts" (Annette Peacock) – 3:18



  1. ^ "The Purity of Turf - Ethan Iverson, Ron Carter, Nasheet Waits | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  2. ^ "The Purity of the Turf". Criss Cross Jazz. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b Fordham, John (1 December 2016). "Ethan Iverson: The Purity of the Turf review – like a time-travelling Monk trio". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  4. ^ a b Doerschuk, Bob (January 2017). "Ethan Iverson The Purity Of The Turf (Criss Cross Jazz 1391)". DownBeat. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  5. ^ West, M. J. JazzTimes Review, accessed May 6, 2019