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Two jazz legends team up for an unforgettable and moving album of classic spirituals. Bassist Charlie Haden and the late pianist Hank Jones, follow up their 1995 classic duet recording Steal Away, with this album of great songs of power, including Duke Ellington s famous Come Sunday. Come Sunday was a last collaboration between these two longtime friends and colleagues. Hank Jones died in 2010 at the age of 91, shortly after completing this album. Jones is considered the consummate jazz pianist and renowned as a soloist, accompanist, composer and arranger. In a career spanning over 70 years, Hank Jones worked with nearly every major jazz musician from Benny Goodman and Ella Fitzgerald to Diana Krall.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
  2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  3. Down By The Riverside
  4. Going Home
  5. Blessed Assurance
  6. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  7. Bringing In The Sheaves
  8. Deep River
  9. Give Me That Old Time Religion
  10. Sweet Hour of Prayer
  11. Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
  12. Nearer My God To Thee
  13. Come Sunday

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EmArcy
  • ASIN: B005NEJM02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When asked what he found special about a recently discovered 85-year-old, piano-playing resident of a Buffalo, New York retirement home, the champion of the hitherto unkown musician (Boyd Dunlop, the older brother of drummer Frankie Dunlop) replied that he was moved most by Boyd's sense of "fearlessness," which only an older musician would possess, a "musical bravery" that allowed him to play what he felt without any need to worry about listeners' (or other musicians') reactions. A similar quality is in evidence on this recording, but the fearlessness is of a different, quieter order. Hank Jones and Charlie Haden exhibit such courage in: 1. their selection of a repertory of "common" hymns and spirituals and 2. their minimalist, practically "devout" fidelity to the material.

On hymns such as "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Blessed Assurance" the pianist seems to take the utmost care not to be guilty of "jazzing up" the melody or of substituting more modern, "hipper" chords and voicings. The formula is usually: A. straightforward, reverential playing of the song the first time through followed by B. minimal improvisation the 2nd time around. Sometimes the formula is varied, with Haden taking the melodic lead, as on "Down By the Riverside," and occasionally either instrumentalist will play a mainstream, "swinging" improvisation on tunes like "Give Me That Old Time Religion." But such moments are necessarily abbreviated by the requirements of the song, and when Jones deems it inappropriate to risk a "boppish" phrase, he comes close to outlining the chords by arpeggiating them rather than using them as departure points for anything adventurous.

In some respects it's a daring approach in its very simplicity.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2012
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Four and a half BEAUTIFUL Stars! Two jazz icons join forces once again to present sweet, swinging, spiritual music! Jazz bass virtuoso/leader Charlie Haden, (trailblazer with Ornette, leader of the Liberation Music Orchestra, Quartet West, and countless duos and trios) has been recording at a fast pace in the past two decades, as much as jazz piano virtuoso Hank Jones, (brother of Thad and Elvin, associate of Miles, Cannonball, Ella, and a galaxy of others) did in his early career where he appeared on dozens of albums (of the reported 60 recordings under his own name) and seemed to be everywhere. This sadly is one of Mr Jones' final recorded appearances, where the focus is completely on two excellent musicians playing beautiful music: traditional old-time religious spirituals, Christmas carols, a jazz classic, and a folk melody: all delivered with elegance, respect for the melody, and brevity. it is a follow-on recording to their excellent Steal Away: Spirituals Hymns & Folk Songs which was recorded over 15 years ago. From the simplistic beauty of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord", to faster tempos like "Down By The Riverside" with Haden's walking bass underpinning Jones' fleet improvisation to an ethereal "Going Home" (that my mother and her fellow students sang leaving grade school classes for the day), this is elegant, swinging music. And add in Duke Ellington's lovely, powerful spiritual "Come Sunday" as the icing on the cake. Perfect for early morning, late at night, or anytime between when you need some peace. Another great musician left the bandstand when Hank Jones passed at 91. Highly Recommended. Four and a half TRANQUIL Stars (This review is based on an mp3 download of 15 tracks; Time ~47 minutes)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on January 22, 2012
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I noticed only by accident that Haden and Jones had a new release this month. Loving their 1995 CD, "Steal Away" I had to purchase this sequel. Pianist Jones passed away not long after finishing this recording, and bassist Hayden isn't getting any younger, although he is producing wonderful discs in recent years, including "Rambling Boy" which recaptures his country music childhood. What interesting lives he and Jones have led. I did not think the duo could top "Steal Away" but "Come Sunday" is even better. If anyone ever throws a funeral for me, I hope he or she picks this disc as mood music. I am more a "new age" religion guy than an "old time religion" adherent, but musically, these mostly traditional hymns are far superior to the stuff sung in the metaphysical church I attend. If you like good jazz that does not stray too far from the source melodies, buy this album. It will cause you not only to contemplate life and its mysteries, but to smile and tap your toes and perhaps even to sing the words a little, although Hayden and Jones do not require vocalists to put the songs across.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack on April 21, 2012
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but the masters came together again. The "Steal Away" record is one of my all-time favorites, in any genre. There is just so much soul in those grooves!

I was so impressed with "Steal Away" that I started sending copies to friends around the country. An ex-girlfriend in the Northwest was so woefully pre-technical that she didn't even have a CD player. I was disappointed I couldn't share my enthusiasm, but then she told me her husband works at a cancer treatment center. The folks who come in for chemo had made "Steal Away" their #1 request. That's high praise and an affirmation that I sent it to the right place.
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Why was this album not released under Hank Jones' name?
That's just Amazon's doing. Both names are on the album cover. Charlie is great too!
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