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Radio & Podcasts

Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Jones, Part 2

Read "Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Jones, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This year our seasonal Hanksgiving episode celebrates a musician of sumptuous elegance and sophisticated narrative and harmonic feel like pianist Hank Jones. As usual, we play a mix of albums that feature him as a leader, co-leader or sideman and renditions of his work by other musicians. Happy listening. PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Hank Jones “Winchester Cathedral" Happenings (Impulse!) 0:16 Host talks 2:39 Ella Fitzgerald “Rough Ridin'" Rhythm ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Jones, Part 1

Read "Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Jones, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


For our seasonal Hanksgiving show, this year we pay tribute to Hank Jones, both as a pianist and a composer, by playing music from his albums as a leader and sideman, and renditions of his music by musicians that came after him. The collaboration with Malian master musician Cheick Tidian Seck kicks off a playlist which includes albums ranging from leader projects and solo work, to collaborations with some of the top Miles Davis alumni or with an avangardist with ...

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Album Review

Hank Jones: In Copenhagen - Live at Jazzhus Slukefter 1983

Read "In Copenhagen - Live at Jazzhus Slukefter 1983" reviewed by Chris Mosey


Hank Jones' pianistic style was born out of a fusing of Harlem stride piano with the virtuoso approach of Art Tatum and the harmonic daring of bebop. Jones played with just about everyone in a long and illustrious career but remained modest concerning his musical achievements. When French journalist Francis Marmande, interviewing him in 2010, suggested that he was a giant of jazz, Jones begged to differ, describing himself rather as “a dwarf in the service of the music." Marmande ...

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Film Review

A Great Day in Harlem: The Spirit Lives - 50 Years On

Read "A Great Day in Harlem: The Spirit Lives - 50 Years On" reviewed by Ian Patterson


This encore presentation from January 2009 celebrates Jean Bach, director of A Great Day in Harlem. Ms. Bach died on May 27th at her home in Manhattan. She was 94.It is probably the most celebrated ensemble jazz portrait of all time. Fifty-seven of the greatest jazz musicians gathered together on the steps of a Harlem brownstone early one morning in August 1958--a living family tree of the history of jazz.And yet, the absentees from photographer Art ...

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Album Review

Tyree Glenn / Hank Jones Quintet/Sextet: Complete Recordings

Read "Complete Recordings" reviewed by Joe Alterman


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, ...

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Multiple Reviews

Hank Jones: With Oliver Jones & the Great Jazz Trio

Read "Hank Jones: With Oliver Jones & the Great Jazz Trio" reviewed by Joel Roberts


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 ...

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Album Review

Hank Jones / Oliver Jones: Pleased To Meet You

Read "Pleased To Meet You" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


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 ...


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