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Released: February 12, 1996
6.A Child Is Born
8.Robbins Nest - (alternate take, bonus track)
Personnel: Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones (piano).
Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California on January 28, 1978.
Digitally remastered by Gary Hobish (1992, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Piano duets have the potential danger of getting overcrowded and a bit incoherent, but neither happens on this rather delightful set. Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan, two of the four great jazz pianists (along with Barry Harris and Roland Hanna) to emerge from Detroit in the '40s and '50s, have similar styles and their mutual respect is obvious. Their renditions of seven superior bop standards (including "Jordu," "Confirmation" and Thad Jones' "A Child Is Born") plus an alternate take of "Robbins Nest" on this CD reissue are tasteful, consistently swinging and inventive within the tradition. ~ Scott Yanow