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Hank JONES, Dave HOLLAND, Billy HIGGINS – The Oracle 1990

Posted in Billy HIGGINS, Dave HOLLAND, Hank JONES, JAZZ on December 4, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Hank JONES, Dave HOLLAND, Billy HIGGINS – The Oracle 1990


This is a beautiful album as you can imagine. Hank Jones, Dave Holland and Billy Higgins fit together naturally. The feel of the musicians here is so loose and supportive. No one brought his ego to the studio the day they recorded this. Hank has a gritty, organic sound, Dave plays with a propulsive quarter note and Billy has this crazy way of understating everything and flooring you with his simplicity at times. I would try to borrow it from the library however ’cause most people can’t afford $60 for an album.
By Keith Maxwell Button.
One could excuse Hank Jones if, at the time of The Oracle, the 70-year-old pianist chose to stick to revivalist bop, but the biggest surprise of this very democratic date is how modern he plays. Jones is Monkish on “Blues for CM” and often sounds more like a contemporary of McCoy Tyner than of Bud Powell, whom Hank was actually born six years before. Bassist Dave Holland has nearly as much solo space as Jones (along with contributing three compositions), and drummer Billy Higgins gets more space than usual. If there is any fault to this otherwise flawless CD (which also has some underplayed standards such as “Beautiful Love” and “Yesterdays”), it is that there are no individual features. But the interplay between the three musicians is quite impressive.
Piano- Hank Jones
Bass- Dave Holland
Drums- Billy Higgins
01. Interface  6:44
02. Beautiful Love  6:45
03. The Oracle  6:48
04. Blues For CM  7:24
05. Yesterdays  6:26
06. Blood Count  8:38
07. Maya’s Dance  5:54
08. Jacob’s Ladder  7:30
09. Trane Connections  5:49

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Hank JONES – Bluesette 1972

Posted in Hank JONES, JAZZ on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Hank JONES – Bluesette 1972
2002 Issue.


Hank Jones is often taken for granted because of his seemingly effortless ability at the piano, but this 1979 trio session with bassist George Duvivier and drummer Alan Dawson (both of whom are also top-flight players) finds him at the top of his game. The hard-driving opener, Toots Theilemans’ “Bluesette,” has fine solos by the leader and Duvivier, supported by Dawson’s crisp brushwork. Jones shows off his stride piano chops in a jaunty take of “Blue and Sentimental,” offers a swaggering take of “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be,” and a lush treatment of Duke Ellington’s “Azure.” But the most stunning performance of the session may very well be Jones’ moving solo rendition of “St. James Infirmary.” The Black & Blue CD reissue of the original LP adds alternate takes of three selections. Highly recommended. [A French version was also released, with three previously unreleased bonus takes.]
By Ken Dryden, Rovi.
Hank Jones- (Piano),
George Duvivier- (Bass),
Alan Dawson- (Drums).
01.Bluesette Norman (Gimbel, Toots Thielemans) 5:47
02.Milt’s Mood (Cal Tjader) 3:39
03.Blues in My Heart (Irving Mills, Benny Carter) 4:53
04.Things Ain’t What They Used to Be (Mercer Ellington, Ted Persons) 3:56
05.Azure (Irving Mills, Duke Ellington) 3:43
06.Down (Miles Davis) 4:00
07.Blue and Sentimental (Count Basie, Jerry Livingston, Mack David) 4:33
08.St. James Infirmary (Traditional, Joe Primrose) 5:27
09.Bluesette [Take 1] (Norman Gimbel, Toots Thielemans) 5:22
10.Things Ain’t What They Used to Be [Take 1][#] (Mercer Ellington, Ted Persons) 5:39
11.Down [Take 1][#](Miles Davis) 5:01

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Julian "Cannonball" ADDERLEY – With Nat Adderley, Hank Jones, Paul Chambers, Kenny Clarke 1955

Posted in Hank JONES, JAZZ, Julian "Cannonball" ADDERLEY, Kenny CLARKE, Nat ADDERLEY, Paul CHAMBERS on November 16, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Julian “Cannonball” ADDERLEY – With Nat Adderley, Hank Jones, Paul Chambers, Kenny Clarke  1955
1994 Issue. Jazz Heritage 513691F


This set has altoist Cannonball Adderley’s first recordings as a leader, following by 16 days his memorable appearance on a session headed by drummer Kenny Clarke. Already at this early stage, Adderley was a powerful player with a soulful sound that was almost distinctive. His exuberant style is heard on five selections (highlighted by “Spontaneous Combustion” and “A Little Taste”) in a quintet with his brother Nat on cornet, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Kenny Clarke. A very impressive beginning to a memorable career. [Originally released in 1955, Presenting Cannonball was re-released on CD in 2005.
By Stephen Reddy.
I am writing this in the hope that when you do pick up this album in your favorite record store, that you will take the opportunity to listen to a bit of it. Just a couple of choruses by “CANNON BALL” will be enough to assure you of his stature as a Jazzman. This is not necessarily an introduction to “CANNON BALL” as he was introduced on records via a previous album called “BOHEMIA AFTER DARK,” SAVOY MG-12017, which was just released a week before this. If you’ve already heard that album, you are sure to pick up this one also as here “CANNON BALL” is given quite a bit more time to express himself as this album features less horns, two, as against four in the “BOHEMIA AFTER DARK” Album. What I’m trying to say is that this is “CANNONBALL’s” date and, as a leader, he blows more solos than do his very capable assistants. His brother, Nat, is blowing Cornet, yeah, I said Cornet. It sounds like Trumpet, but I guess there is a slight difference to a guy that blows Cornet. I don’t think I would guess which was the Trumpet or Cornet if I were given a blindfold test. Could you?
Nat tells me he gets more facility on Cornet that’s why he made the change from Trumpet. Beside blowing some of the most exciting Jazz today, Nat collaborated with Julian on “SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION” and “STILL TALKIN’ TO YA.” “A LITTLE TASTE” and “CARIBBEAN CUTIE” are by Julian
Paul Chambers is the Bassist on these sides and he’s a joy to hear. This is a Detroit youngster who will go a long way in our Jazz field (at this writing he was 20 years old). He blows just as well whether he’s pickin’ or bowing and his ideas are wonderful. He certainly is an asset to this group.
What can I say about Hank Jones and Kenny Clarke? I’m sure that by now you all know of their talents and to compliment them again would only be repetitious. For those of you that haven’t yet realized their talents, I can only suggest that you listen. We, at Savoy, are proud that we are able to present another fine Jazz recording to you, the Jazz Enthusiast, and we sincerely hope that this will give you many, many hours of listening pleasure. ”
By Ozzie Cadena.
JULIAN “Cannonball” Adderley- Alto
Hank Jones- Piano
Nat Adderley -Cornet
Paul Chambers- Bass
Kenny Clarke Drums
01. Spontaneous Combustion   10:06
02. Still Talkin’ to Ya   8:58
03. A Little Taste   5:06
04. Caribbean Cutie   7:06
05. Flamingo   7:06

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