Hank Jones

Master Class

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The two LPs reissued on this 1998 CD (Bop Redux and Groovin' High), both originally put out by Muse, feature veteran pianist Hank Jones mostly playing bop-era standards. The former set matches Jones in a trio with bassist George Duvivier and drummer Ben Riley, while the latter is a quintet outing for Jones with bassist Sam Jones, drummer Mickey Roker, tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, and Hank's brother cornetist Thad Jones. The pianist's swing to bop transitional style (which shares some characteristics in a more updated fashion with Teddy Wilson) was always versatile enough to sound quite at home in a bop format as he shows throughout the two excellent dates. Highlights include "Yardbird Suite," "Bloomdido," "Sippin' at Bells," and "Groovin' High."

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