|Vanguard Studios NYC
July 14 & 15, 1975.
Release date: September 13, 2005 Recorded in July 14 and 15, 1975, this trio album led by pianist Hank Jones features Ron Carter on bass and Grady Tate on drums. Song selection and arrangement were done by Hank Jones. The original concept of the LP was to feature songs by relatively new composers (at the time) that Hank liked on Side 1. These tracks include two compositions by Sara Cassey, “Warm Blue Stream” and “Wind Flower.” Also included on “Side 1” is Hank’s original composition, “Minor Contention.” On Side 2, Hank selected popular jazz standards, which include “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” a well-known Rodgers and Hammerstein song from the play Oklahoma! and “As Long As I Live,” a song written for a Cotton Club revue called “Parade” by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler and later made famous by Lena Horne. The title track is a funky bop number by Gary McFarland arranged with a Latin flavor. This album features the superb combination of elite musicians by any standard and one reason it has withstood the test of time.