I just downloaded this from e-music to add to my collection of Hank Jones trio’s and it is wonderful. A 4 disc boxed set from 4 different settings during the 1977 and 1978 time frame. These were recorded after the groups famous Live at the Village Vanguard group of albums, and what a great addition. This is one of my favorite trio’s, Hank Jones can really play and Ron Carter bass and Tony Williams drums are a first rate rhythm section. Discover and enjoy!
Well this wonderful early afternoon I’m listening to Bill Charlap’s “Somewhere” The songs of Leonard Bernstein album. He is a strong modern jazz pianist with the gift of interpreting standards into something beautiful. This album released in 2004 on the Blue Note label with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums, one of the best rhythm sections in jazz today. Bill Charlap displays influences of Tommy Flanagan and one of my favorites Hank Jones, he’s one of the strongest pianists to be heard today almost creating his own beat on the keys and his solo’s are special. Sometimes the difference between a good pianist and a rare and gifted performer like Mr. Charlap is simply the touch of the keys, and he has created an incredible touch. You will enjoy this album and return to it often.
This 1961 album of Don Friedman’s trio with Chuck Israel bass, and Joe Hunt drums, was ahead of its time, a mix between Avant-Garde, Free Jazz and some romanticism thrown in. Don Freidman said that Bill Evans was his only influence and you can hear some of Bill’s stuff here. But Don is his own artist and he separates himself nicely with some great play from the trio. Don Friedman produced several albums over the years but was overlooked during his career. This is a beautiful and thought provoking album, one of those rare albums where you can loose yourself in the music, this must be owned by all serious fans of the trio format.
Enrico Pieranunzi’s trio album named “Ballads” is not your normal ballad’s album. These guys are solid, I mean one tight unit. The 2006 Camjazz album features Marc Johnson on bass, and Joey Baron drums and what a trio they make, Enrico is one of only a handful of top notch accomplished jazz pianist alive today and his albums will be collector items one day. Marc Johnsons bass work is a joy to listen to and his solos are beautiful. Last but not least Joey Baron’s drum work brings them all together. This one’s for late night when your by yourself and jazz becomes special. If you want to study the art of the trio this album would be a fine place to start. Discover and enjoy!
Hank Jones (piano), Ron Carter (bass), and Tony Williams (drums). were the original Great Jazz Trio. In the spring of 1975, The Great Jazz Trio performed together for the first time at the Village Vanguard for one week.
The trio got together again in May of 1976. This time, they were in a recording studio to record an album with sax player, Sadao Watanabe. The result was the album, I’m Old Fashioned.
The three got along so well that they decided to perform together again. The trio was booked at The Village Vanguard for a week-long engagement between February 14th and 20th, 1977. Hank’s suggested recording the last 3-days of the performance for a live album. In all, six full hours of tape were recorded. These recordings established The Great Jazz Trio as one of the premiere trios of jazz and resulted in a series of three albums – At The Village Vanguard, At The Village Vanguard Volume 2 and At The Village Vanguard Again.
2/09/2009 Hank Jones receives a lifetime acheivement award from the GRAMMYS.
6/17/2009 Hank Jones 2009 JJA pianist of the Year.
Don Friedman a New York based jazz man, a classically trained pianist who was good friends and roommate with bassist Scott LaFaro in the 50’s. You will find him playing Swing Jazz or Free Jazz in which A Day in the City is a great example of his Free style. Born in 1935 he’s still playing in todays jazz scene. Straight Ahead is his 2008 album of trio jazz. A true veteran of classic jazz.