The Great Jazz Trio - At The Village Vanguard Again
2021 Japanese CD reissue.
The Great Jazz Trio is in terrific form on this 1981 follow-up to earlier sessions at the Village Vanguard. Hank Jones generously showcases his bandmates, bassist Ron Carter and Tony Williams, rather than relegating them strictly to supporting roles as far too many piano trio leaders have done. Each track is an extended workout. The opener, "Hi-Fly," features an often humorous solo by Jones (which briefly detours into "Les Marseilles"), a fine walking solo by Carter, along with a tasty series of drum breaks by Williams. An intense workout of "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise" follows the pianist's shimmering interpretation of "Sophisticated Lady." The pulse doesn't slow down with a brisk take of "Wave," powered by Williams. Although "My Funny Valentine" seems like a mandatory standard that every jazz musician must record, the trio's interpretation is an alchemy of elegance and driving hard bop, though Jones can't resist a touch of comedy by inserting a quote from "Nature Boy." The crystal-clear engineering gives the listener a front row seat for the entire set.
Ken Dryden ~ AllMusicGuide
|Brand||Blue Note Records Japan / East Wind|
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