Album Reviews

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.

Ian Tyson Yellowhead to Yellowstone and Other Love Stories

Ian Tyson

By Don Graham

I have been listening to Ian Tyson since the mid sixties. The steel guitar player in my band, Graham County, the late Ron Dann, played with him in the seventies. He had one of those instantly recognizable voices; a pure, rich tenor that wrapped itself around his well crafted, descriptive lyrics. Songs like Four Strong Winds, Someday Soon, Summer Wages and The Navajo Rug all showcased his vocal ability.

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