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HANK JONES AND THE NEW GENERATION: Aaron Goldberg, Ethan Iverson, Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes VOICES: Gerald Finley

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JAZZ PIANOS: HANK JONES AND THE NEW GENERATION

The jazz world lost one its greatest last month with the death of pianist Hank Jones. Listen to him on an album of duets with Joe Lovano, KIDS: Live at Dizzy’s (Blue Note, $17.98). The legacy of Hank Jones is very much alive in the new generation of pianists. Here are some new recommended titles:

Aaron Goldberg Trio, HOME (Sunnyside, $16.98) – This is one of the most melodic and swinging piano albums of the year. Goldberg’s trio with Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums (with tenor saxophonist Marc Turner on three cuts) plays a great mix of originals plus tunes by Pablo Milanés, Jobim, Monk, and a crackling version of Stevie Wonder.

Ethan Iverson Trio, LIVE AT SMALLS (Smalls, $15.98) – Ethan Iverson is the pianist for the the Bad Plus; he also does many adventurous one-off gigs, including this trio with the great drummer, Albert “Tootie” Heath, and the bassist, Ben Street. The trio does classics by Billy Strayhorn, Lester Young, Jackie McLean, Gershwin, Kern, plus others.

Ethan also writes one of the best blogs/zines on the web; it’s full of in-depth interviews with fellow musicians, musical analyses, and much, much more. Click here to explore.

Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes, DOUBLE PORTRAIT (Blue Note, $17.98) – When two pianists lay out a tune, then take turns improvising on it, it brings sweet rewards (and sometimes, a little rivalry).The husband and wife pairing of Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes keeps it in the family, and it’s a treat: “Never Will I Marry,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “My Man’s Gone Now,” plus songs by Jobim, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Gerry Mulligan, and Ms Rosnes herself.

Next week, more new piano releases by Jason Moran, Fred Hersch, Geri Allen, and Marilyn Crispell.

VOICES

Gerald Finley & Julius Drake, BRITTEN: SONGS & PROVERBS OF WILLIAM BLAKE (Hyperion, $18.98) – One of the most enjoyable concerts I went to this year was baritone Gerald Finley’s superb recital of songs by Schumann, Ravel, Ives and Barber. Mr. Finley was also gracious enough to sign some of his CDs for our store (we have a few left). His new recital, with pianist Julius Drake, showcases Britten’s song cycles (of poems by Blake and Walter de la Mare), and his settings of folk songs.

Renée Fleming, DARK HOPE (Decca, $17.98) – Ms Fleming’s crossover project, singing in her “low” voice, covering songs associated with Mars Volta, Arcade Fire, Peter Gabriel, and others.

NEW

Punch Brothers, ANTIFOGMATIC (Nonesuch, $15.98) – Mandolinist Chris Thile and his fellow new-grass pickers in the Punch Brothers write intricate songs, and back it up with virtuoso instrumental interplay. Listen to the Punch Brothers’s set from last weekend’s Bonnaroo Festival (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127481502 ).

 


 

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