Sir Roland Hanna: Tributaries: Reflections On Tommy Flanagan (2004)
Hanna expresses lyrical ballads with effortless ease. His motions flow smoothly, and his use of rich harmonic textures places each piece on a pedestal. The pianist’s walking keyboard rhythms annotate the performance with swing. The variety that he attaches to this set of well-known standards gives the performance a lift.
Two of Flanagan’s compositions are represented, to open and close the session. Both pieces exhibit serenity and deep feeling. Hanna interprets them with passion, slowly and deliberately. His agile fingers turn the keys over with a vocal-like presence. Lyricism reigns throughout this fine tribute, as it did throughout two fruitful and unforgettable careers.
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Track Listing: Sea Changes; A Child is Born; Body and Soul; Soon; Things Ain
Personnel: Sir Roland Hanna- piano.
Record Label: IPO Recordings