Charlie Haden & Hank Jones: Steal Away
Steal Away – Spirituals, Hymns & Folk Songs (Verve 314 527 249-2)
Recorded: Montreal, June 29&30, 1994
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
As a jazz performance, this cut will have its detractors. These two giants simply play this Negro spiritual straight up. While I sense little improvisation in this reading, the reverence Haden and Jones display for this plaintive tune draws this listener in. Legend and some historical research claim the piece to have been written by Nat Turner himself, which brings even more weight to its somber tone.
Reviewer: Frank Murphy