Hank & Frank II
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Hank Jones and Frank Wess retain the same rhythm section as their 2003 session for Lineage, except vocalist Marion Cowings is added on several tracks. Jones retains his masterful touch on piano even into his nineties, swinging effortlessly whether playing a breezy setting of "Sunday," a laid-back gospel-infused "Lord Prepare Me," or bop favorites like "Chasin' the Bird" and "Jordu." Wess' richly textured tenor dominates favorite ballads like "'More Than You Know" and "Ill Wind," while guitarist Ilya Lushtak, who works regularly with Wess and also took part in the earlier CD Hank and Frank, is generously featured, getting a bluesy edge with his spacious interpretation of "When Your Lover Is Gone." Cowings has been on the Manhattan scene for some time and served as vocal coach for Harry Connick, Jr., though he evidently has not been recorded very often. His easygoing vocal style never oversells the lyrics, though he is at his best in ballads like the old chestnut "Stay as Sweet as You Are."
Born: 31 July 1918 in Vicksburg, MS
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s
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