Hank Jones, Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb: West of 5th
"West of 5th"
Hank Jones (piano)
Christian McBride (bass)
Jimmy Cobb (drums)
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Review by Mark Novak - February 13, 2007
I listen almost exclusively to classical but once in a while I like to put on a jazz piano trio recording. I bought this (along with a few of the other recent Chesky jazz SACD's) based on Robert Lang's reviews. I agree with his assessment of this recording. Top notch performances of some classic jazz standards. Great playing by all involved, especially McBride who seems to be in his prime as a bassist. The other two jazz veterans also play well.
Sonically, this is a terrific recording! No its not the typical in your face studio recording (you know, 8 mics on the drums, two on the piano and one for the bass). What it is is a very natural depiction of a piano trio playing in a sympathetic acoustic. If you are accustomed to the typical studio recording technique, you probably won't like this. OTOH, if you like to listen to live acoustic instruments, this is one of the best I've heard.
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