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Album Review

It is difficult to believe in listening to Tributaries: Reflections on Tommy Flanagan, a solo recital by Sir Roland Hanna, that the pianist passed away just five months later. Hanna's tribute to the recently deceased Flanagan is so full of life, creativity, and swing. On the opening "Sea Changes" (a Flanagan composition), Hanna strides joyfully. Other highlights include a medium-tempo "Body and Soul," "Things Ain't What They Used to Be," "I Concentrate on You," and "Robbins' Nest" although every selection on this set is well worth hearing. There can be little doubt after hearing this highly recommended CD that Hanna was very much in his playing prime up until the end of his productive life.

Biography

Born: February 10, 1932 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

A talented pianist with a style diverse enough to fit into swing, bop, and more adventurous settings, Roland Hanna was one of the last in an impressive line of great pianists who emerged in Detroit after World War II (including Hank Jones, Barry Harris, and Tommy Flanagan). After serving in the Army and studying music at Eastman and Juilliard, Hanna made a strong impression playing with Benny Goodman (1958). He worked with Charles Mingus for a period in 1959, and went on to generally lead his own...
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