This CD represents one venerable pianist paying tribute to another: Sir Roland Hanna and his fine trio playing compositions by, associated with, or written for John Lewis, the musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet for all of its life. Lewis was admired for his distinctive bop playing and his creative involvement with one of the greatest groups in jazz history, but only one of his originals has become a standard: the immortal "Django," rendered here in an elegant arrangement that alternates between somber and swinging.
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Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier
Hanna is a beautiful young German woman traveling to Israel to work with mentally handicapped adults and visit a Holocaust survivor. However, this isn't what it seems; it has been carefully planned to impress a board considering her for a position at a huge consulting firm. In other words, it looks good on the resumé. What she didn't plan for was Itay, the handsome young Israeli counselor who becomes her mentor. She also didn't plan on the elderly female survivor who sees through Hanna's motives and reveals some startling facts about Hanna's own past. A brief trip to establish some credentials for her prospective employers becomes a journey across cultures and into the very center of her own heart and mind. Even if everyone senses her motives may be false, they also sense an innate goodness deep inside her waiting to emerge.
This album preserves a great performance by a rare gathering of players, with drummer Jake Hanna and trombonist Carl Fontana as the headliners. Fontana, one of the top jazz soloists on his instrument, is featured on the first two tracks, "A Beautiful Friendship" and "Sweet and Lovely." Tenor sax and trumpet are added for the rest of the tunes, except the ballad "Old Folks" which features the tenor alone with the rhythm section. The soloist is Plas Johnson, a star in his own right, who is perhaps most widely remembered for his famous Pink Panther solo with Henry Mancini.