Oliver Jones and Hank Jones

Oliver and Hank Jones

Reviewed by Bill McDonald
Cashbox Canada Jazz Writer
11/09

Two jazz titans on two grand pianos, and one great CD. Long time friends Oliver Jones and Hank Jones had previously played together in concerts. It is wonderful to capture their combined virtuosity in a studio recording.

On the first three tracks – What Am I Here For, Groove Merchant, and Ripples – they are backed by two young talents Brandi Disterheft on bass and Jim Doxas on drums. Two other tracks – Monk’s Mood and Lonely Women feature Hank Jones solo. The remaining tracks are Oliver Jones and Hank Jones duets, which reflect, quite simply, two timeless jazz masters.

Within the duet tracks is a clear tribute to their mutual friend, the late Oscar Peterson with two of his well known compositions, Blues For Big Scotia and Cakewalk. As well, there is Oliver Jones own tribute, I Remember OP.

Thank you, Oliver. Thank you, Hank. Somewhere Oscar is smiling.