Round Midnight

Roland Hanna

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Round Midnight Review

by Ken Dryden

Sir Roland Hanna's solo piano CD was recorded in an empty concert hall, which helps to add to the classical ambience of the performance. His quiet, lovely "Prelude," which opens the CD, was originally written for solo cello. "Let Me Try" sounds as if it might have influenced pianist Makoto Ozone. "Blues" gives Hanna an opportunity to let his hair down and display some two-fisted chops. His covers of Sonny Rollins' "Oreo" and the title track are also flawless.

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