This is a lovely duo album between pianist Hank Jones and tenorist Joe Lovano.
Lovano is from the grand tradition of lyric tenor-sax playing with a warm, breathy tone and a dazzling technique employed with taste and restraint; he and Jones make a very compatible pairing; the music is relaxed, sensitive and satisfying. Jones, of course has worked with many of the music's deities; he pretty much qualifies for that status himself. His easy-going style and excellent support for Lovano`s soloing carries the programme along very nicely and he has two solo features - "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin`" and "Oh, Look at Me Now". The album consists of modern jazz standards and some originals, mainly ballads in nature, with a few variations in tempo - like Monk's "Four in One", for example. The final track, "Lazy Afternoon" features Lovano on soprano sax. A live recording made over two sessions in 2006 in front of a polite but appreciative audience, the CD runs to just over 69 minutes. Go to the MP3 download page to hear the sound samples.
Uplifting, life-affirming music, good for the soul and available without the need for a prescription.
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Five MAGNIFICENT Stars!! The legendary jazz DownBeat Hall of Fame keyboard master Hank Jones and legendary DownBeat multiple poll-winning tenor saxophone titan, Joe Lovano, have conjured up one of the best jazz duet performances in years!! And they are caught live at the intimate Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in the Frederick P. Rose Hall, which is the Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex in NYC. These are timeless, beautiful, flawless performances by two jazz masters who have almost restlessly searched the jazz spectrum for fulfillment in many formats over the years. They definitely found something very special here and we can only hope there is an encore in the vault for future release. And the fateful meeting happened in a great venue. Stepping away from Mr Lovano's quartet, these two incomparable musicians have all of the propulsion and rhythm that is needed to propel these excellent performances along nicely. Unencumbered by bass and drum, they bend and stretch the time at will, with Hank providing solos and colorations as well as wicked time-keeping 'stride piano' with Joe declaratively soaring above and in between, making for some wonderful mellow jazz music. '80ish' Mr Jones plays with equal fire as '50ish' Mr Lovano making this duo an empathetic match made in jazz heaven.
The 'Pieces De Resistance', the best of the best, are wall to wall equally-captivating performances which proceed without letdown from song to song. But I especially like the fire by both players on "Lady Luck", written by Hank's brother, Thad, and "Kids Are Pretty People". I also love Joe's nod to older tenor players with his 'Ben Webster-ish' tenor sax effects on "Lullaby" and his nod to Yardbird Parker on "Charlie Chan", so reminiscent of Miles' "Half Nelson". Hank gets two solo bites of this CD apple with a wonderful, shimmering "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin' " and "Oh! Look At Me Now", which is fitting since "Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola" is known for great solo piano performances. Joe gets off what is probably his best solo, alone and later with Hank, on a swirling performance of Monks' "Four In One", blowing hot, liquid strings of notes. Pure, timeless, magnificent jazz music from two jazz giants. Joe Lovano is still out there playing at peak performance; Hank Jones left the bandstand for the last time in 2010, but left us this great duo recording with Joe, aid decades of recordings with the best in jazz. My Highest Recommendation. Five ENJOYABLE Stars!!
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If you like Hank Jones you will love this. The combination of just sax and piano is unusual it works very well. Each take solos and when ensemble Joe Lovano doesn't overpower Hank. Nice range of tunes.