Colors from a Giant's Kit
Released: Aug 2011
Label: IPO Recordings
There are few better snapshots of the late Sir Roland Hanna's exuberant playing and musical eloquence than the mercurial title track and opener to this solo-piano set. A pair of his tunes, "A Story, Often Told But Seldom Seen" and "20th Century Rag" (possibly the record's highlight), show his inventiveness and sensitivity as a composer, while takes on such well-worn standards as Ray Noble's "Cherokee" and Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" flaunt his power as an arranger. But what shines through the whole package is the pure energy of Hanna's breathless solo lines and hammering bass lines.
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