Hank Jones: Bemsha Swing


Bemsha Swing


Hank Jones (piano)


For My Father (Justin Time JUST 209-2)

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Hank Jones (piano), George Mraz (bass),

Dennis Mackrel (drums)


Composed by Thelonious Monk


Recorded: New York, January 30-February 1, 2004


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Hank Jones was already an established pianist when Thelonious Monk, who was his elder by a year, came to prominence. Here, decades after Monk's death, Jones makes one of Monk's most famous tunes his own, bending it to his mild manner without being unfaithful to its spirit. Where Monk carved his works in marble and granite, Jones works with wood, velvet and silk, and his swing, touch, accents and voicings are a constant source of wonder. All the more when he's supported by such empathic companions as Mraz and Mackrel.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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