Hank Jones

Hank and Frank

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Pianist Hank Jones and Frank Wess (doubling on tenor and flute) first recorded together in the mid-'50s. A half-century later, they are both still in their musical prime. On this straight-ahead date, they are joined quite ably by the fine guitar soloist Ilya Lushtak, bassist John Webber, and veteran drummer Mickey Roker. The quintet performs three Wess originals, Jones' lowdown blues "A Hankerin'," and five jazz standards. Few surprises occur, but it does not matter because all of the musicians play at a high level and good vibes dominate during this timeless set.

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