Five Stars (a "masterpiece")
The recently departed jazz pianist Roland Hanna left a legacy of some of the most exquisite music ever heard. He was first choice for many of the greatest jazz vocalists including the divine Sarah Vaughan and was equally respected by no less a task-master than Charles Mingus. Solo recordings are especially challenging to pull off, but Hanna handled the task with ease and comfort, relying on his chops and his impeccable taste. Everything I Love is a stunningly beautiful solo recording that finds Hanna at the peak of his powers. You can hear the history of the music shining through his fingertips. The feeling for the blues, the Tatumesque touches, the joy and soulfulness, as well as supreme sense of grace evidenced throughout. For these final sessions Hanna sat at the piano and commenced to recording Everything I Love. Apparently, there was enough material recorded to release a series, of which this is the first. Hanna's interpretations of "I Hear A Rhapsody," "In The Blue of The Evening," "Embraceable You" and "Send In The Clowns" amply display his disarming sensitivity and reveal his heart and soul in a way that is quite rare and beautiful. Everything I Love sparkles like a radiant jewel."
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