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Junior's Blues

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Down The Line
  2. Creole Love Call
  3. Rainy Mornin Blues
  4. Yancey Special
  5. Gravy Waltz
  6. Cracklin
  7. In The Evening
  8. Blue Monk
  9. The Jumpin' Blues


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B00000DFJ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Junior Mance was probably perceived as a 'veteran' even when he was the new kid back-up pianist for Lester Young in the 1940s. The deep 'blues' roots of his piano stylings were never soiled. He has never been a composer-performer; nearly all his tracks have been renditions of "standards". But he has never been merely a "player piano" for the musical expressions of others. Listen to the track of "Blue Monk" on this CD. The composition is classic Thelonius Monk, and you'll hear Monk's fingers on the keys in Junior's interpretation. But you'll also hear Junior's unique blues-singer extensons of Monk's concept, well beyond Monk's rather narrow pianistic technique. This track is one of the best piano-jazz masterworks I've ever heard.

What makes Junior's music beautiful, to my ears, is the vocal quality of his playing, his unique "touch' on the keys. I can't think of another pianist, jazz or classical, who makes me hear words subliminally like Junior Mance. Even on this re-engineered re-release -- fairly well done, by the way -- the Ma Rainey timbre of Junior's Blues is special. He makes his hammers sing.
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If you are looking for some cool laid-back jazz-blues piano, your search is over. This is great stuff. Basic piano trio line up and Junior cooks. Its all blues, but with a emphasis on mid-tempo to slow. This is on par with Ray Bryant and Red Garland.

If you love jazz and dig the blues, then this is one to go for!
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Not only is Junior Mances's playing absolutely fantastic, the mastering of this CD sounds wonderful on my quality stereo system. The balance between piano, bass and drums is full and rich sounding. High piano notes never offend my ears or distort. I'm an amateur jazz piano player and spend much time playing along with this CD copying Junior's licks. Jazz piano blues doesn't get any better than this.
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I love when some things are reissued that I had on vinyl when originally released. Being an extreme fan of jazz piano trios I've collected many great albums by Evans, Jamal, Peterson, Corea, Jarrett, Tyner. Mance was never in the same class as some of the innovators but this album is very refreshing and tastefully done. I think that it has a perfect mix of laid back as well as more intense pieces. Many albums have tunes that I want to hear and some I'll skip. Not so with Junior's Blues. It's one that I can put on and listen straight through and thoroughly enjoy. Mance may not have the prodigious technique like a Tatum or Peterson but he's got more than enough to express and communicate his feelings. I'd recommend it to most people and if you are a fan of jazz piano buy it now. I'm confident you'll be glad you did.
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