The Great Jazz Trio – Blue Minor (2008) [Japan]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:49 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,98 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,08 GB
Hank Jones, who has just turned 90, is still wowing audiences around the world with his elegant swing and “magic touch”. The tradition of combining Hank Jones with an unexpected rhythm section continues in this wonderfully recorded hybrid SACD. The latest iteration of Jones’ Great Jazz Trio includes veteran bassist George Mraz and explosive Billy Kilson who represents a new generation of jazz drummers. His sharp and powerful drumming is surely one of the highlights of this album.
Two guests add variations to the program. Japanese singer Keiko Lee sings “I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart” and another Japanese singer and trumpeter Toku appears on “My Ideal,” a song made famous by Chet Baker. More than anything, however, the star of the show is Hank Jones. He is a true master whose delicate touch and perfect control of the keyboard coaxes stunningly beautiful sounds out of the piano.
01. Nica’s Dream
02. Dear Old Stockholm
03. Lonely Moments
04. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
05. Blue Minor
06. Comin’ Home Baby
08. My Ideal
09. I Got Rhythm
Produced by Yasohachi “88” Itoh. Engineered & Mixed by Yoshihiro Suzuki.
DSD Recording. Recorded & Mixed in September 2008 at Sony Music Studios, Tokyo.
Mastered by Koji “C-chan” Suzuki.
Hank Jones – piano
George Mraz – bass
Billy Kilson – drums
+ TOKU – trumpet, vocals on “8”
+ Keiko Lee – vocals on “4”