Hank Jones Trio + Joe Lovano / NDR Bigband feat. Jacky Terrasson

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Hank Jones Trio + Joe Lovano

While the collaboration is still relatively young, the Joe Lovano-Hank Jones combination has borne much fruit in recent years. The tenor saxophonist and pianist have recorded two critically acclaimed sublime quartet masterworks for Blue Note as well as toured the world in a quartet setting in support of their newfound musical friendship.

“Playing duo with a saxophonist is quite a challenge because I have to supply all the harmonies and rhythms. I’m having to do several things at the same time. But I get a lot of inspiration from playing with Joe. He has a world of technique to burn.” states Hank Jones.

Lovano, who calls Jones a national treasure, returns the compliment. “Playing with Hank over the last five years has been an amazing period for me,” he says. “It’s been inspiring to explore and develop music together. Working with someone like Hank, who is so enthusiastic and on such a high level of creating in the moment, has given me the true sense of what jazz is all about.”

NDR Bigband feat. Jacky Terrasson – ‘A Blue Note Tribute to Horace Silver’

The NDR Bigband – a far too sober name for this first-class, 18-piece formation of exquisite jazz soloists! Their wide range of abilities enable them to play concerts in all kind of fields – compositions by Jimi Hendrix or Frank Zappa as well as Charles Mingus, Miles Davis or Duke Ellington.

Lionel Hampton, the grand old Master of Swing, said after his first concert with the big band that he would love to go on tour with these musicians. Chet Baker played two concerts with them – both published on CD – and later confessed that these had been outstanding events for him. “A wonderful band” was Al Jarreau’s short and sweet statement; The list of jazz musicians who have been collaborating with the NDR Bigband reads like an endless Who’s Who of Jazz.

This season’s special edition is dedicated to Blue Note recording artist, piano player Horace Silver. One of the original protagonists of hardbop and funk jazz and, together with Art Blakey, founder of the legendary Jazz Messengers he had one of the biggest popular successes of the jazz history with his composition Song For My Father in 1963. Since Silver’s high age and fragile health don’t allow stage appearances these days, his part will be congenially covered by 43-year-old label mate Jacky Terrasson.

Hank Jones Trio + Joe Lovano

Hank Jones piano
George Mraz bass
Willie Jones III. drums
The concert took place without saxophonist Joe Lovano. He had an accident and had to cancel his performance at JazzFest Berlin ’09.

NDR Bigband feat. Jacky Terrasson – ‘A Blue Note Tribute to Horace Silver’

Jörg Achim Keller leader
Jacky Terrasson piano
Fiete Felsch alto sax
Peter Bolte alto sax
Christof Lauer tenor sax
Lutz Büchner tenor sax
Frank Delle bariton sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Thorsten Benkenstein trumpet
Ingolf Burkhardt trumpet
Claus Stötter trumpet
Reiner Winterschladen trumpet
Dan Gottshall trombone
Klaus Heidenreich trombone
Stefan Lottermann trombone
Ingo Lahme bass trombone
Ingmar Heller bass
Ralph Salmins drums