Although pianist Hank Jones gets first billing on this two-disc set from Lone Hill Jazz, it actually contains three complete Tyree Glenn-led sessions that were originally released on LP by Roulette Records as At the Embers, At the Roundtable and At the London House in 1957, 1958 and 1961. Featuring Glenn on trombone and vibraphone running through swing and bop standards backed by a world-class rhythm section of Jones, Milt Hinton and Jo Jones, Quintet/Sextet Complete Recordings makes a fine introduction to an often over-looked and completely professional jazz player.
Pianist Hank Jones' first LP consists of six piano solos from 1947 and four trio numbers (with guitarist Johnny Smith and bassist Ray Brown) from 1953. Particularly on the unaccompanied solos, Jones shows off the influence of Art Tatum, while the trio cuts are more boppish and sometimes recall the King Cole Trio. Excellent music.
Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. Darji may not be the best-known player in jazz, but we really love his music on the small handful of records he made like this! The leader plays vibes – often with this full, chromatic tone that takes us back to some of the earlier expressionists on the instrument – yet with more of the rhythmic structure that grew up through vibes players of the 60s – a really nice criss-crossing of styles that almost finds equal partnership in pianist Hank Jones, whose presence here is extremely well-matched!
Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. These two musicians usually make any date that they're a part of a success and this rare duo date together is no exception. Jones' effortlessly swinging style is matched beautifully by the bassist's imaginative lines. The material is all very familiar, from the easygoing "Gone With the Wind" to a percolating "Wee" and the absolute show-stopping run through "I'll Remember April," which finds both men at a creative peak. It's a pity they didn't record a follow up to this very enjoyable session, recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio.
In the opening of this 107-minute long DVD, Hank Jones says he visited Kobe for the first time "ten years ago" (ie, 1986), and Ron Carter refers to the city as "the birthplace of jazz in Japan." The concert, filmed on December 4, 1996, starts with Jones-Carter duo performances of "'Round Midnight" and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," followed by trio renditions (with Lewis Nash added on drums) of "Blue Monk" and "A Night in Tunisia." Hank Jones' part of the concert, leading Santi DeBriano (bass) and Jimmie Smith (drums), begins with an up-tempo version of "Speak Low," and continues with "On Green Dolphin Street," "Body and Soul," and "What's New?"
Originally on the Galaxy label, this CD reissue is a rare solo outing by pianist Hank Jones. The emphasis is on ballads and his treatments of these songs (which include three religious pieces) are respectful, melodic and lightly swinging. There is not much variety here but the music (within its limitations) is enjoyable.