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Upon Reflection: The Music of Thad Jones
From the 1950s onward pianist Hank Jones was regarded by his fellow musicians as the best accompanist in the world and as a consequence he appeared on hundreds of albums. Even with so many it appears that Jones was selective, for one never finds him on a bad album. The bonus was that he is also one of the most tasteful creators of solos. He is the oldest of the post powerful team of brothers in jazz, the others being trumpeter Thad and the drummer on this album, Elvin. This 1993 album, devoted to the music written by Thad, is exquisitely beautiful and yet it has muscle, particularly since Elvin, who doesn't normally play in Hank's trio, is a powerful player despite the restraint he shows here. The bassist George Mraz, one of the best playing today, is given a full role and since the three individuals are so expressive, this doesn't feel like a simple trio album. Thad Jones was a fine composer and so the menu is without weakness in that respect. Thad's own version of "A Child Is Born" was ever moving, but if it is possible this interpretation is even better. -- Steve Voce
24 remastered tracks featuring Jimmy Reed, Memphis Jug Band, Howlin Wolf and Doctor Ross amongst others.