Hank Jones: In Copenhagen - Live at Jazzhus Slukefter 1983By
Only rarely would Jones discuss his most famous gig, accompanying Marilyn Monroe, on May 19 1962 as she sang "Happy Birthday, Mr President" to John F. Kennedy. Music was what mattered to him, not showbiz. "When you listen to a pianist, each note should have an identity, each note should have a soul of its own," Jones said.
This quiet, self-effacing artist was at his best in small, intimate jazz clubs like Slukefter in Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens, where this hitherto unreleased 1983 session was recorded. It's a relaxed, swinging set with Jones accompanied by local bassist Mads Vinding and West Coast drummer Shelly Manne. Jones revisits his bebop days with "Au Privave" and "Scrapple From The Apple" by Charlie Parker and "Budo" by Bud Powell. Then, from the hard bop era that followed, comes Benny Golson's "Stablemates." The rest are standards, including a version of Johnny Mercer's "Tangerine" on which the usually oh-so-tasteful drumming by Manne becomes a little intrusive on occasion.
Hank Jones disliked all categorization in music. Even the terms "jazz" and "bebop" were, he said, "degrading and destructive." He died at the age of 91 in 2010. The gently swinging, timeless elegance of his music is his memorial, no categories needed.
Just Friends; Au Privave; Alone Together; Stablemates; It Could Happen To You; Scrapple From The Apple; Budo; Tangerine; What’s New.
Hank Jones: piano; Mads Vinding: bass; Shelly Manne: drums.
Title: In Copenhagen - Live at Jazzhus Slukefter 1983 | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Storyville Records
Post a comment about this album
FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZAll About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.
WE NEED YOUR HELPTo expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.
About Hank Jones
Instrument: PianoArticle Coverage | Albums | Photos | Similar Artists