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Hank Jones

The oldest of the Jones brothers, Hank Jones has been a supreme accompanist and underrated soloist. He's among the most accomplished sight readers in jazz, and his flexibility and sensitive style have kept him extremely busy cutting sessions and working in various groups and styles ranging from swing to bebop. He's worked with vocalists, played in big bands and done many solo, trio, and combo dates.

Born in 1918 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Jones moved with his family to the Detroit area while still a child, and studied piano early, listening carefully to Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Earl Hines, and Fats Waller. He began playing in the midwest at age 13, and worked in territory bands. Jones met Lucky Thompson in one of these groups, and Thompson invited him to New York in 1944 to work with Hot Lips Page at the Onyx Club. Jones worked for a while with John Kirby, Howard McGhee, Coleman Hawkins, Andy Kirk, and Billy Eckstine, then began touring in 1947. He worked with Jazz at the Philharmonic, then accompanied Ella Fitzgerald from 1948 to 1953. Jones also cut many sessions for Norman Granz's labels in the late '40s and early '50s, many with Charlie Parker. He worked and recorded in the '50s with Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Lester Young, Milt Jackson, and Cannonball Adderley before joining CBS' staff in 1959. He worked on such programs as The Ed Sullivan Show and stayed with CBS until they disbanded the staff in 1976. He recorded several sessions with Savoy in the mid- and late '50s, playing with Donald Byrd, Herbie Mann, Wendell Marshall, and Kenny Clarke, among others. He also recorded solo and quartet dates for Epic. His quartet with Osie Johnson, Barry Galbraith, and Milt Hinton became one of New York's busiest during the early '60s, sometimes doing three dates a day. They cut albums for Capitol and ABC in 1958, though Galbraith missed the ABC sessions. Jones continued recording at Capitol, Argo, and Impulse in the early '60s, at times working with his brother Elvin. He made a host of recordings in the '70s. There were solo dates for Trio and Galaxy, and trio sessions for Interface and Concord, among others in the '70s. There were duo dates with Flanagan for Verve and Galaxy in the late '70s. Jones served as pianist and conductor for the Broadway musical Ain't Misbehavin in the late '70s. He also played in the Great Jazz Trio, originally with Ron Carter and Tony Williams. (Buster Williams replaced Carter on the trio's first recording date.) Jones continued with the trio into the '80s, though Eddie Gomez and Al Foster later became his mates, and Jimmy Cobb replaced Foster in 1982. The trio also backed Art Farmer, Benny Golson, and Nancy Wilson. Jones was the resident pianist at the Cafe Ziegfeld in the early '80s, and toured Japan with George Duvivier and Sonny Stitt. He kept his recording blitz going into the digital era. In 1989, he was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. In 2004, he was awarded as an ASCAP Jazz Living Legend; five years later, he received a National Medal of Arts; and in 2009, Jones earned a Lifetime Achievement award at the Grammys. One year later, he died in the Bronx while in hospice, just a few weeks after returning from performance dates in Japan. ~ Ron Wynn
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Selected Discography

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Track List: All That Jazz, Vol. 75: Hank Jones "We're All Together" (Remastered 2016)

1. We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together

2. Porky

3. Odd Number

4. When Hearts Are Young

5. Kuzzin's Buzzin'

6. Now's The Time

7. Ann Springs

8. We're All Together

9. I Married An Angel

10. There's A Small Hotel

11. My Funny Valentine

12. You Better Go Now

13. Cyrano

14. Big "E"

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Track List: Solo 1976 A Tribute To Duke Ellington

3. Satin Doll

4. Prelude To A Kiss

5. What Am I Here For?

6. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me

7. Sophisticated Lady

8. Oh Look At Me Now

10. Don't Blame Me

11. Gone With The Wind

14. The Very Thought Of You

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Track List: Bop Redux / Groovin' High

1. Yardbird Suite

2. Confirmation

3. Ruby, My Dear

4. Relaxin' With Lee

5. Bloomdido

6. 'Round Midnight

7. Moose The Mooche

8. Monk's Mood

9. Algo Bueno

10. Anthropology

11. Sippin' At Bells

12. Blue Monk

13. Groovin' High

14. I Mean You

15. Jackie-Ing

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Track List: The Hank Jones Quartet-Quintet

1. Almost Like Being In Love

2. An Evening At Papa Joe's

3. An' Then Some

4. Summer's Gone

5. Don't Blame Me

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Track List: Duo

1. Gone With The Wind

2. What Am I Here For

3. A Child Is Born

4. Wee

5. Like Someone In Love

6. Mean To Me

7. I'll Remember April

8. But Beautiful

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Track List: Standard Collection Vol. 1

1. After You've Gone

2. Summertime

3. The Days Of Wine And Roses

4. As Time Goes By

5. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

6. Summer Knows

7. Georgia On My Mind

8. Prelude To A Kiss

9. St. Louis Blues

10. Danny Boy

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Track List: I Remember You (Paris, 1977) (The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions)

1. I Remember You

2. Young No More

3. You Took Advantage Of Me

4. Love Walked In

5. Dat Dere

6. I'll Be Around

7. Let's Fall In Love

8. Like Someone In Love

9. Theme For Jobim

10. It's The Talk Of The Town

11. I Remember You (Take 3)

12. Young No More (Take 2)

13. Love Walked In (Take 1)

14. Like Someone In Love (Take 1)

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Track List: Bluesette (London 1979) (The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions)

1. Bluesette

2. Blue And Sentimental

3. Milt's Mood

4. Blues In My Heart

5. Things Ain't What Thet Used To Be

6. Azure

7. Down

8. Saint-James Infirmary

9. Bluesette (Take 1)

10. Things Ain't What They Used To Be (Take 1)

11. Down (Take 1)

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Track List: Compassion (Brignoles, France 1978) (The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions)

1. A Foggy Day

2. Angel Face

3. Alan's Allies

4. Hank's Blues

5. Yours Is My Heart Alone

6. Compassion

7. Come To Me

8. A Foggy Day (Take 1)

9. Yours Is My Heart Alone (Take 2)

10. Come To Me (Take 1)

11. Alans' Allies (Take 1)

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Track List: The Great Jazz Trio At The Village Vanguard, Vol. 2

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Track List: For My Father

1. Pauletta

2. Bemsha Swing

3. Queen Of Hearts

4. Sophisticated Lady

5. Johnny Come Lately

6. Prelude To A Kiss

7. Lotus Blossom

8. SKJ

9. Easy To Love

10. Because I Love You

11. Grace Of God

12. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise

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Track List: With The Meridian String Quartet

1. What Is This Thing Called Love

2. A Sleeping Bee

3. Ill Wind

4. Caravan

5. My Funny Valentine

6. There's A Small Hotel

7. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise

8. They Can't Take That Away From Me

9. Love Walked In

10. Russian Lullabye

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Track List: Upon Reflection: The Music Of Thad Jones

1. Thad's Pad

2. Ah Henry

3. The Summary

4. Little Rascal On A Rock (1993 Recording)

5. Upon Reflection

6. Lady Luck

7. Mean What You Say

8. Kids Are Pretty People (1993 Recording)

9. Ray El

10. A Child Is Born

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Track List: Handful Of Keys

1. Handful Of Keys (Instrumental)

2. I'm More Than Satisfied (Instrumental)

3. How Come You Do Me Like You Do (Instrumental)

4. Ain't Misbehavin' (Instrumental)

5. Honeysuckle Rose (Instrumental)

6. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (Instrumental)

7. What Did I Do To Be So Black And Blue (Instrumental)

8. Spreadin' Rhythm Around (Instrumental)

9. I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling (Instrumental)

10. You Feet's Too Big (Instrumental)

11. Squeeze Me (Instrumental)

12. Sunday (Instrumental)

13. The Jitterbug Waltz (Instrumental)

14. How Ya, Baby ? (Instrumental)

15. Keeping Out Of Mischief Now (Instrumental)

16. Believe It Beloved (Instrumental)

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Track List: Hank Jones Trio

1. Pent Up House

2. When Will I Know You?

3. Bloomdido

4. Midnight Sun

5. Monk's Mood

6. Quintessence

7. Bemsha Swing (1991)

8. Up Jumped Spring

9. Bags' Groove

10. Four

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Track List: Ain't Misbehavin'

1. Ain't Misbehavin'

2. Lounging At The Waldorf

3. Mean To Me

4. The Joint Is Jumpin'

5. Honeysuckle Rose

6. Squeeze Me

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Track List: Just For Fun

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Track List: Arigato

1. Allen's Alley

2. I'm Old Fashioned

3. Night Sadness (Notte Trieste)

4. Arigato

5. Recapitulation

6. Night Flight To Puerto Rico

7. Double Deal

8. Majorca

9. What Am I Here For ?

10. The Bad And The Beautiful / But Beautiful / You Are Too Beautiful

11. Gerry's Blues

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Track List: Here's Love

1. Here's Love

2. My Wish

3. You Don't Know

4. Dear Mister Santa Claus

5. That Man Over There

6. Arm In Arm

7. The Big Clown Balloons

8. Love, Come Take Me Again

9. Pines Cones And Holly Berries

10. My State, My Kansas, My Home

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Track List: Urbanity

1. Thad's Pad

2. Things Are So Pretty In The Spring

3. Little Girl Blue

4. Odd Number

5. Blues For Lady Day

6. The Night We Called It A Day

7. Yesterdays

8. You're Blase

9. Tea For Two

10. The Blue Room

11. Thad's Pad (Alternate Take No. 1)

12. Thad's Pad (Incomplete Take)

13. Thad's Pad (Alternate Take No. 2)

14. Things Are So Pretty In The Spring

15. Things Are So Pretty In The Spring (Breakdown)

16. Things Are So Pretty In The Spring (Alternative Take No.1)

17. Things Are So Pretty In The Spring (Alternative Take No.2)

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Great undertaking I give recognition, b u t The Duke is phenomenal,a l s o Art Blakey,rendi t i o n , y o u ca,deny great artists performance l
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Just beautiful, makes me happy and serene!
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Music soothes the savage beast!!!!!! and this soothes my SOUL
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glorenzen1
What a Master! Wondering how these other artists & legends cut their chops....now I know..R.I.P. Hank Jones...
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j.p.l.1
Sounds very nice.

I thought the cover was
Samuel L Jackson in make up.
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He s one best of manyyyyyy, rest in peaceeere Mr jones
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poppa_bear49
The great one...Hank Jones
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candythecoug a r
What a tune, loving this jazz sound! Rest well Mr. Hank Jones!
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tcsgolfs
What taste and touch! Love this man's style.
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kathleenshaf f n e r
Hank is also awesome on Abby Lincoln's You've Got to Pay the Band album.
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One of the music greats of the Greatest Generation. He is what people emulate now.
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This is the reason that Pandora is easily my favorite go-to music resource. I've found more artists I've never heard on here than I'd ever imagined existed. And I had a music collection at 20 that most people still don't have at 80. Tim Westergren- you're an icon to me.
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A bona fide member of Jazz Royalty. This track shows why that is true. Hank Jones' music lives on and we are thankful.
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Just. For. Fun
by. Hank. Jones
on Just. For. Fun
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Sorry for the following
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading so don't stop.this is so scary.put this on at least 5songs in 143 minutes.when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on screen in big letters. This is scary because it really works.
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great,great stuff
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keysmank
Great music.Is there a transcript available?
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First time listener, won't be the last time....a true master!
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r.orzecho
His fingers and mind touch my soul.
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milgorjon
A true master of his instrument.. . . a genius for real. RIP Hank, you were among the very best!!!
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Hank will always get delighted listeners even in the 22nd Century. He had immense talent which you could hear the very first time you hear him at a piano. I have treasured my listening to his fingers on a keyboard since 1977, the first time I heard him.
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lmanier06
We should thank the Creator of all mankind for giving us this Jones family.
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cef1953
Fabulous! Oh- i disagree about him being the God of elevator music.... No way! Why would someone say that??

He was a very talented piano player.
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Just discovered Hank Jones last year. Better late than never!
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Magnificient jazz-
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Bravo for the cool of it
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a true talent
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lorantrodewa l d
soulful, genius at work here,,, listen carefully for the spirit lifting the melody.
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Hank Jones... god of all elevator music.
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you need to hear this guy. wow !
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kemptonjones
wow, we never knew. we are so very humbled and fortunate to have this expirience at this time in our lives we will share this with our children so as to keep the memory of greatness alive. thank you MR. Jones.
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gregn8870
Brother Jones is one of my favorite pianist. I love the way he swings and the intimate touch he has behind singers. He will never be forgotten. I know he's swingin in heaven right now. May God bless him.
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i've always been nuts about elvin and thad jones....thi s is my frist time really listening to big bro hank...lovin g it..
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Love Hank's playing. Pandora has introduced me to some great music/zazz. In my earlier years, I didn't appreciate jazz like I do now!
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RIP - Hank Jones. A true musical giant who just recently left us. Thank God he left so much great music behind for the rest of us.
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dbsheffield5
cool jazz, his sister was my baby sitter as a young boy. fine family !
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bmoore58
Just fabulous, had to look up the bio, what an artist, what a human being!
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I saw Hank Jones at the Hollywood Bowl last year (2008) in a concert entitled 90+90. Hank with his trio and Gerald Wilson with his jazz orchestra, both 90 years old. Hank played with an elegance, grace and transcendanc e rare among pianists. He was deeply inspiring, not just for his beautiful and moving interpretati o n s of jazz classics, but also for the fact that at 90 years of age, this gentleman of jazz was in full posession of his musical powers. Long Live Hank Jones!
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Hi
I really enjoyed this piece, so far the best rendition of round midnight.
Mysticpris
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How much talent can you uncover in one family? All three guys contribute to the jazz genre in their own unique way!
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some real smooth stuff man i dig it
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GENIUS
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smooth,swing i n g & v e r y tasteful.

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