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Hank Jones: Hanky Panky

Read "Hanky Panky" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...


Andrew Hill: Blue Black

Read "Blue Black" reviewed by John Kelman

After releasing no less than thirteen albums on Blue Note from 1963-69, pianist Andrew Hill then seemed to completely drop off the map until 1974, when he entered into another fertile period, making ten records for a variety of labels until 1980, when he would again fall silent. Hill carried considerably less star power then than ...


The Great Jazz Trio: At the Village Vanguard Again

Read "At the Village Vanguard Again" reviewed by John Kelman

For the third and final reissue of performances culled from the Great Jazz Trio's three-night Village Vanguard run in '77--previously only available as expensive vinyl imports on the Japanese East Wind label--pianist Hank Jones, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams prove once again that standard material needn't imply standard delivery.

The first two volumes--At the ...

The Great Jazz Trio: At the Village Vanguard Vol. 2

Read "At the Village Vanguard Vol. 2" reviewed by John Kelman

With Test of Time continuing its archival reissue series of '70s Inner City and East Wind label recordings previously only available as expensive Japanese imports, this is a great time to be thinking about taking out a second mortgage on the home. Previous releases, including titles by Andrew Hill, Sheila Jordan, and Art Farmer have been ...

Sheila Jordan: Confirmation

Read "Confirmation" reviewed by Andrew Rowan

Sheila Jordan has the purity of heart of a child expressed through adult experience. When she dedicates this 1975 recording (originally on the Japanese East Wind label) to children of all ages, it is real.

Confirmation has songs written by Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday (her two greatest influences) nestled alongside offerings from American ...

Art Farmer: Yesterday's Thoughts

Read "Yesterday's Thoughts" reviewed by John Kelman

Possibly better-appreciated in the latter period of his life and after his death, Art Farmer, along with Clark Terry, was instrumental in bringing the flugelhorn, a mellow cousin of the trumpet, to the fore. Appearing on literally hundreds of recordings and releasing over seventy albums under his own name, he may have been the perfect definition ...

The Great Jazz Trio: At the Village Vanguard

Read "At the Village Vanguard" reviewed by John Kelman

Pianist Hank Jones has been the only constant in the nearly thirty-year run of the Great Jazz Trio, but a stellar range of players have come and gone--including Jones' brother Elvin, Al Foster, and Jimmy Cobb on drums; and bassists Eddie Gomez, George Mraz, and Richard Davis. One of the most potent yet short-lived versions of ...

Andrew Hill: Hommage

Read "Hommage" reviewed by John Kelman

The wealth of jazz recordings originally released only in Japan, especially during the '70s, has long been a source of angst for collectors, especially given that for many years--outside of the occasional store prepared to bring in these expensive imports--they were virtually unobtainable in North America. Of course, with the advent of the internet, it has ...