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Album Review

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: July 31, 1918 in Vicksburg, MS

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The oldest of the Jones brothers, Hank Jones has been a supreme accompanist and underrated soloist. He's among the most accomplished sight readers in jazz, and his flexibility and sensitive style have kept him extremely busy cutting sessions and working in various groups and styles ranging from swing to bebop. He's worked with vocalists, played in big bands and done many solo, trio, and combo dates. Born in 1918 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Jones moved with his family to the Detroit area while still...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: Mar 17, 2009

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