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Album Review

Sir Roland Hanna's solo piano CD was recorded in an empty concert hall, which helps to add to the classical ambience of the performance. His quiet, lovely "Prelude," which opens the CD, was originally written for solo cello. "Let Me Try" sounds as if it might have influenced pianist Makoto Ozone. "Blues" gives Hanna an opportunity to let his hair down and display some two-fisted chops. His covers of Sonny Rollins' "Oreo" and the title track are also flawless.

Biography

Born: 10 February 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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