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