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Hank Jones: For My Father

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This is a pleasant trio album with pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Mraz and drummer Dennis Mackrel. It suggests a supper-club set. Jones, in his mid-80s, with musical genes and 70 years of performing as assets, plays the piano with a clean flow of ideas and execution. His approach is lyrical and pretty. He even beautifies Monk’s “Bemsha Swing,” a tune that can lead an improviser to barbs and angles instead.

Besides Monk, Jones performs Ellington and Strayhorn, Oscar Hammerstein, Cole Porter and lesser-known jazz composers. His chord voicings have enough tartness to keep things from getting too lush, and he maintains a trim sense of swing-with a soft-shoe rhythmic kick reminiscent of Teddy Wilson, his early influence. The performances are tasty.

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