Come Sunday continues the dialog between two jazz masters--bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Hank Jones--that began with 1995's Steal Away (Verve). The topic of discussion concerns hymns, spirituals, and beloved tunes which are, without a doubt, personal and familiar to both musicians. Jones (the elder sibling of jazz luminaries Elvin Jones and Thad Jones) was the son of a devout Baptist deacon while Haden grew up performing in his family's radio show, which included country and American folk music. Though conversational in tone, the date's significance is understated--more than just two renowned musicians playing together. Recorded shortly ...read more
In the history of jazz, few pianists have been as prolific as the recently deceased Hank Jones. His tasteful and subtle playing is documented on literally thousands of recordings. Many of them are today known as jazz classics--benchmarks to the greatness of this music--and Jones' playing and support on all of them were crucial in creating those historic, beautiful and legendary legacies. For whatever reason, many of Jones' recordings have long been either forgotten, out of print, or very hard to find. One such recording, a rare gem, is the Hank Jones and Tyree Glenn Quintet/Sextet's Complete ...read more
Oliver Jones and Hank JonesPleased to Meet YouJustin Time2010 The Great Jazz TrioMoreoverTest of Time2010 Hank Jones continues his remarkable late-in-life surge of activity with this new release documenting his first-ever recorded encounter with Canadian piano mainstay Oliver Jones. Hank Jones was 90 when Pleased to Meet You was recorded two years ago in Montreal while Oliver Jones was a relative pup at 74. That's a hell of a lot of years between them, ...read more
What a surprise to hear the first-ever recording that joins piano maestros Hank Jones and Oliver Jones. A Detroit native, ninety-year-old Hank Jones is from the family that gave us Thad “Bartok with Wings" Jones and polyrhythmist Elvin Jones, and he has participated in historic bebop sessions with Charlie Parker and memorable duets with Tommy Flanagan. Montreal's Oliver Jones, who once followed in the footsteps of Oscar Peterson, has emerged to forge a virtuosic path as a Canadian music icon not unlike his erstwhile predecessor. But their performances shine even brighter than the rare ...read more
"Our Delight," penned by Tadd Dameron, is a fitting title for a quartet date fronted by two venerable elder statesmen of jazz, James Moody and Hank Jones. Close listening will surely enchant lovers of acoustic jazz interpretations of timeless songs by Dameron and Dizzy Gillespie, Moody's mentor, dear friend, boss and frontline partner over four decades. Bassist Todd Coolman and drummer Adam Nussbaum, regulars in Moody's steady group, round out the quartet and give secure support for Jones' customarily tasteful comping and refined improvisations. Jones, 90, is rightfully acclaimed as the dean of jazz pianists and his ...read more
James Moody and Hank Jones have had limited contact with each other, insofar as performing and recording music is concerned. However, they seem to be quite familiar as they perform twelve songs that are either standards or compositions closely associated with them as musicians.Moody, on tenor saxophone and flute, and pianist Jones, are joined by Todd Coolman on the bass, and drummer Adam Nussbaum, to form The James Moody and Hank Jones Quartet. While Moody and Jones have lived through the development of modern jazz, Our Delight brings the foursome together in a straight-ahead session.Birk's Works" ...read more
The title Our Delight should have been subtitled with (to borrow a line from Ornette Coleman) This Is Our Music," not so much in the sense of revolution as revelation. But then Pianist Hank Jones and saxophonist James Moody have been revealing their precious gifts of music since the 1940s.
Both artists have been witness (and contributors) to the history of jazz. Jones played music in the hotbed of Detroit as did his brothers Thad and Elvin, then there were the many years accompanying Ella Fitzgerald. His 'solo' career of the last thirty years has elevated him into the living ...read more
Marking the very first pairing of these two giants of Jazz, Our Delight brings together two legends, saxophonist James Moody and pianist Hank Jones in a performance with one purpose, to delight jazz audiences with the music of Tadd Dameron and Dizzy Gillespie. The late great trumpeter took Moody under his wing and became his mentor, providing a jazz education that gives the saxophonist a unique perspective of Gillespie's music. Jones traveled a different path, gaining an enrichment of jazz by performing with a virtual Who's Who" of musicians from Detroit to New York, from the '40s to the present. ...read more
Early jazz is often music of joy and playfulness--it's no wonder the great cartoons of the 1930s and 1940s are often backed by a classic jazz soundtrack. Now that jazz has become art and music of significance, joy and playfulness are too often missing from performances. It is a pleasure, then, that Kids: Duets Live at Dizzy's, a collaboration between Joe Lovano on tenor and soprano sax and Hank Jones on piano, revives the waning art of joyful jazz.
Kids may lack some of the emotional power of Art Pepper's final recordings with George Cables, Goin' Home and Téte-à'Téte, (both ...read more
Joe Lovano is an old-school saxophonist, a throwback to the golden age of jazz. While he has, of course, incorporated modern innovations introduced by saxophonists John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, as well as others into his style, his exuberant playing maintains a direct line through the history of jazz, incorporating swing, bebop, big band, and modal influences.
This explains the success of Lovano's recent quartet recordings with the venerable Hank Jones on piano (I'm All For You, Blue Note, 2004 and Joyous Encounter, Blue Note 2005). Despite the generation gap (Lovano is 54, Jones is 89), the two soloists exhibit ...read more
Hank Jones/Christian McBride/Jimmy Cobb West of 5th Chesky 2006 Hank Jones and Frank Wess Hank and Frank Lineage 2006 Eddie Diehl Well, Here It Is... Lineage 2006
Hank Jones is the alpha and omega of jazz. What great musician hasn't he played with? Some of the biggest names in modern jazz: Tony Williams, Ron Carter, Eddie Gomez, Al Foster, Dave Holland, Billy Higgins...the ...read more
Since making his debut recording as a leader in 1947, Hank Jones has continued to impress jazz fans for over five decades. Not only is he still recording in his late 80s, but some of his long out of print sessions are beginning to reappear on the market.
Hank Jones Complete Recordings Argo/Cadet/Golden Crest - Gambit 2005
The Gambit compilation of the Complete Recordings by the Hank Jones Quartet with Kenny Burrell and Barry Galbraith restores two long unavailable studio dates. The first, with Galbraith on guitar, bassist Arnold Fishkin and drummer Don Lamond, ...read more
Octogenarian pianist Hank Jones' musical career has been consistently active since he first emerged in the late 1930s. However, Jones had an especially fruitful period as a leader during the 1970s, releasing no fewer than 25 albums between 1975 and 1980. Unfortunately, many of these recordings were originally released on Japanese labels like East Wind and Inner City, until now only available as expensive imports.
But 441 Records' Harvey Rosen created the subsidiary Test of Time Records to reissue many of East Wind and Inner City's best recordings in remastered form, yielding a veritable bonanza of new discovery for American ...read more
Hank Jones For My Father Justin Time 2005
Hank Jones, who celebrates his 87th birthday this month, is in the midst of one of the most productive periods of his long, distinguished career. Following last year's critically acclaimed outing with the Great Jazz Trio (his final session with his brother, the great drummer Elvin) and two collaborations with saxophone colossus Joe Lovano, Jones is back with For My Father, his debut for Canada's Justin Time label.
One doesn't turn to Hank Jones for innovation or surprise but rather for highly polished, state-of-the-art ...read more
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