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Charlie Haden & Hank Jones’ ‘Come Sunday’

A sublime duo recording perfect for Easter

Hank Jones
Charlie Haden

Is there such a thing as Easter Jazz? Interpretations of Christmas tunes by jazz musicians have become commonplace, but recordings celebrating the Resurrection are rare. Let me suggest the new Come Sunday CD by Charlie Haden and Hank Jones (Decca) as an appropriate release for the Lenten season. This collection of sacred songs was recorded over a two-day period in early 2010, just weeks before pianist Jones made his own pilgrimage from these mortal shores. Perhaps reminded of their own mortality, Jones and Haden have chosen a set list that offers a brief outline of material reflecting the Savior’s birth and death.

By no means a Christmas collection, Come Sunday includes both “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” as brief nods to the beginning of His life. The remainder of the collection contains contemplative piano/bass duets such as “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” “Deep River” and “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” The end of the Easter story is inevitable, of course, and it is told beautifully with interpretations of “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”

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