Hank Jones, Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb – West of 5th {Chesky}


Review by Ken Dryden (allmusic.com)

Veteran pianist Hank Jones is hardly slowing down at the age of 87, as heard on this beautifully recorded session in early 2006. With drummer Jimmy Cobb (who sticks to brushes) and Christian McBride rounding out his potent trio, Jones keeps old warhorses like “On Green Dolphin Street” fresh, giving ample space to his partner and adding a humorous detour into Billy Strayhorn’s “Rain Check.” Other highlights include his elegant treatment of his late brother Thad’s timeless ballad “A Child Is Born” and a hard driving take of Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation.” McBride shows depth beyond his years with strong accompaniment and swinging solos. This Hybrid Super Audio CD, recorded without any gimmickry such as remixing or compression, enables the listener to enjoy these intimate performances as if sitting in the studio with the players. Highly recommended!

Tracks:
01 – On Green Dolphin Street
02 – Mr. Walker
03 – Speak Low
04 – A Child is Born
05 – If I Were a Bell
06 – Billie’s Bounce
07 – Lotus Blossom
08 – Confirmation
09 – We’ll Be Together Again
10 – Stella by Starlight
11 – Eleanor

Personnel:
Hank Jones – piano
Christian McBride – bass
Jimmy Cobb – drums

Recorded January 29, 2006 at St.Peter’s Episcopal Church, New York City.

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Hank Jones (Great Jazz Trio) – Autumn Leaves {441 Records}


Review by Ken Dryden (allmusic.com)

The Great Jazz Trio was a working cooperative working with various lineups led by Hank Jones in during the 1970s and 1980s, but the revival of this defunct group finds Jones joined by two newcomers to the group, seasoned veterans Richard Davis on bass and the leader’s brother, Elvin Jones, on drums. Oddly enough, the two brothers have recorded together very infrequently during their long careers, so this opportunity must have been special to them. The opening track signals a different direction for the group, with Elvin’s explosive solo stealing the show in “Autumn Leaves.” The pianist’s imaginative arrangement of “Yesterdays” begins as a stunning solo before Davis’ sparse bass and Elvin’s brushes join him. The buoyant treatment of Kenny Dorham’s “Blue Bossa” finds Hank in a humorous mood, inserting several brief quotes from well-known works such as “Hot House” and “Blue Skies.” The trio is clearly cooking by the time it recorded the percolating take of Oliver Nelson’s “Six and Four.” Hopefully, this delightful date by the Great Jazz Trio will result in a follow-up recording session.

Tracks:
01 – Autumn Leaves
02 – Yesterdays
03 – Rhythm-a-Ning
04 – Blue Bossa
05 – Take the “A” Train
06 – Summertime
07 – Caravan
08 – Six and Four
09 – My Funny Valentine
10 – Bye Bye Blackbird

Personnel:
Hank Jones – piano
Richard Davis – bass
Elvin Jones – drums

Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, on May 12 and 13, 2002

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Hank Jones (Great Jazz Trio with Strings) – N.Y. Sophisticate “A Tribute to Duke Ellington” {DENON}


Review by Ken Dryden (allmusic.com)

Hank Jones is one of the most gifted jazz pianists of the second half of the 20th century, and this salute to Duke Ellington is only slightly blemished by the sometimes overbearing string arrangements by Masahiko Satoh. His trio, with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jimmy Cobb, sticks to familiar selections from the vast Ellington songbook, with Jones occasionally switching to a Fender Rhodes electric piano or celeste. Happily the strings are omitted from cookers such as “C Jam Blues” and “Take the ‘A’ Train.” Worth searching for.

Tracks:
01 – In a Sentimental Mood
02 – C Jam Blues
03 – Mood Indigo
04 – Satin Doll
05 – Lush Life
06 – Sophisticated Lady
07 – Take The “A” Train
08 – I Got it Bad (and That Ain’t Good)
09 – Caravan
10 – Solitude

Personnel:
Hank Jones – piano
Eddie Gomez – bass
Jimmy Cobb – drums
etc

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Hank Jones (Great Jazz Trio) – Monk’s Moods {DENON}


Hank Jones has been known to be a quintessential sideman and occasional leader during his lengthy career as a premier jazz pianist. His most frequent project has been as the ostensible leader of the co-op group known as the Great Jazz Trio, a classic example of how the piano-bass-drums format has remained timeless, enduring, and ever challenging. Formed in the spring of 1975, the initial threesome performed together for the first time at the Village Vanguard nightclub in New York City for one week, was given its name by owner Max Gordon, and consisted of Jones, drummer Tony Williams, and bassist Ron Carter. These musicians from three generations with ties to Miles Davis formed a unique bond playing standards and originals of each bandmember. The trio got together again in May of 1976, and this time headed for a studio to record an album with Japanese alto saxophonist Sadao Watanabe, resulting in the album I’m Old Fashioned. In February of 1977 the trio was again booked in the Village Vanguard for a week, and they recorded three days of the extended engagement, making several live volumes of their music available on vinyl for the Japanese based East Wind label, issued in the U.S. on Inner City. Concurrent studio efforts including Love for Sale (1976,) Kindness, Joy, Love & Happiness, and Direct from LA (1977,) and Milestones (1978) cemented the reputation of the original combo. The Japanese continued their interest in booking the group for concert tours, and documenting the music of the GJT, with many more releases on East Wind and Denon only available as imports in the new CD era up to 2008, with another string of Great Standards, Vol. I-V for Alfa Jazz. Many of the recordings used cover art surrounding Major League Baseball images, especially action photos with the Boston Red Sox (Williams was born in Boston, as opposed to Metro-Detroiters Jones and Carter) the most famous being pitcher Roger Moret on the cover of the 1978 LP At the Village Vanguard. Since the passing of Tony Williams and Ron Carter’s increased interest in a solo career, the personnel of the Great Jazz Trio has changed, but Hank Jones has always spearheaded the effort. Among some of the partners the pianist has employed; bassists Buster Williams, Eddie Gomez, John Patitucci, and Richard Davis, along with drummers Al Foster, Elvin Jones, and Jack DeJohnette. The band in one configuration or another has lasted over four decades, recording on average one album per year.
This album recorded in 1984 is a tribute to one of the great Jazz pianists, Thelonious Monk.

Tracks:
01 – Round About Midnight
02 – Blue Monk
03 – Bemsha Swing
04 – Misterioso
05 – I Mean You
06 – Ruby My Dear
07 – Monk’s Dream
08 – Jackie-Ing
09 – Monk’s Mood

Personnel:
Hank Jones – piano, arrangements
Eddie Gomez – bass
Jimmy Cobb – drums
Terumasa Nino – cornet (#1, 5)

Recorded and mixed at Nippon Columbia Studio, Tokyo
in August, September and October, 1984.

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