Kenny Clarke

The Trio

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This 1955 trio date is actually a Hank Jones record; for some reason, though, Kenny Clarke -- the drummer for the session -- is listed as the leader. No matter, since either way it's billed, this disc offers a classic slice of early hard bop piano swing. Also featuring bassist Wendell Marshall, the eight-track set features two choice Jones originals ("We're All Together," "Odd Number"), a perennial Charlie Parker cut ("Now's the Time"), and two evergreens by Rodgers & Hart ("There's a Small Hotel," "My Funny Valentine"). Jones, of course, make every cut golden with his urbane phrasing and classy single-note runs. Essential listening for the jazz piano faithful.

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