Hank Jones The Touch: Rockin' in Rhythm / Lazy Afternoon (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: November 18, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Concord Records
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Your Feet's Too Big
- 2.Dancing on the Ceiling
- 3.My Ship
- 4.Spring Is Here
- 5.Rockin' in Rhythm
- 6.Bags' Groove
- 7.Alone Together
- 8.The Girl Next Door
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Speak Low
- 3.Lazy Afternoon
- 4.Work Song
- 7.Comin' Home Baby
- 8.Passing Time
THE TOUCH contains 2 original LPs on 2 CDs: ROCKIN' IN RHYTHM (1977)/LAZY AFTERNOON (1989).
Personnel: Hank Jones (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Hank Jones ; Dave Holland , Ray Brown (double bass); Ken Peplowski (clarinet, alto saxophone); Jimmie Smith , Keith Copeland (drums).
Audio Remixer: Phil Edwards .
Liner Note Authors: Ken Franckling; Leonard Feather.
Recording information: A & R Recording Studios, NY (??/1977-07/1989); Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA (??/1977-07/1989).
This two-disc reissue combines sessions Hank Jones waxed for Concord Jazz 12 years apart. The first CD contains 1977's Rockin' in Rhythm, originally co-billed to Jones, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Jimmie Smith. The trio ably handles a group of standards, though, as annotator Leonard Feather notes of the opening song, "Your Feet's Too Big," the nominal songwriters can be happy they are receiving royalties for improvistations that often use very little of their original tunes. On this track and three others, Jones plays an electric piano to good effect. He dominates the music, making his new star billing on the session appropriate. The ten tracks on the second disc were recorded in July 1989 and originally issued as Lazy Afternoon. Here, Dave Holland on bass and Keith Copeland on drums, with Ken Peplowski adding clarinet and alto sax, join Jones. Though originally billed as a Jones solo album, this is actually more of a group effort than Rockin' in Rhythm, with each of the musicians getting considerable solo time. The aspect that makes it more of Jones record is the material, which includes several lively originals from the pianist, particularly "Intimidation." Only the title song, from the 1954 Broadway musical The Golden Apple, really can be called a standard. Concord Jazz doesn't have much Jones in its catalog, but the label makes the best of what it does have by combining these two albums in a single package. ~ William Ruhlmann
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