“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