Plays the Music of Hank Jones (Digipack)
  • Nicholas Thomas
    Nicholas Thomas
  • Michel Rosciglione
    Michel Rosciglione
  • Alain Jean-Marie
    Alain Jean-Marie
  • Mourad Benhammou
    Mourad Benhammou

Nicholas Thomas

Plays the Music of Hank Jones (Digipack)

Fresh Sound 5100 Series

Personnel:
Nicholas Thomas (vib), Alain Jean-Marie (p), Michel Rosciglione (b), Mourad Benhammou (d), Viktorija Gecyte (vcl), Hank Jones (comp)

Reference: FSRCD 5111

Bar code: 8427328651110



01. Minor Conception (Hank Jones) 3:05
02. Angel Face (Jones-Lincoln) 4:49
03. Recapitulation (Hank Jones) 3:22
04. Vignette (Hank Jones) 4:03
05. Hank’s Vibe (Nicholas Thomas) 5:37
06. Beaches in the A.M. (Hank Jones) 4:33
07. Odd Number (Hank Jones) 2:42
08. Things Are so Pretty in Spring (Hank Jones) 4:14
09. Chant (Hank Jones) 4:42
10. We’re All Together (Hank Jones) 4:05

Album details

The Nicholas Thomas 4 are:
Nicholas Thomas (vibes), Alain Jean-Marie (piano), Michel Rosciglione (bass), Mourad Benhammou (drums). Special guest: Viktorija Gecyte (vocals, on #2).
Recorded at Studio Midi Live, Villetaneuse, France

Sound engineer: Samuel Navel, March 2019
Mixed by Samuel Navel
Mastered by Andrew Tulloch
Photos by Julien Hay (cover), fotoAL1 (stage)

Produced by Nicholas Thomas
Executive Producer: Jordi Pujol
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews


CHOC - Jazz Magazine

"Une plongée des plus réjouissantes dans l’univers de Hank Jones, dont on ne saurait dire qu’il inspire beaucoup de musiciens actuels...
 bien à tort, du reste! Car le pianiste, membre d’une copieuse fratrie comptant dans ses rangs des musiciens aussi célèbres que Thad, trompettiste-arrangeur, et Elvin, batteur, fut aussi talentueux que ces derniers, et assurément bien plus discret. Au point que sa mort à 91 ans en 2010 passa presque inaperçue. Ce fut pourtant un interprète fort prisé et un compositeur trop méconnu, aussi prolifique que raffiné. A preuve, les thèmes que le jeune vibraphoniste italien a choisi de revisiter en compagnie d’un quartette en parfaite adéquation avec le but qui lui est assigné: faire ressortir les séductions d’une musique à l’originalité indéniable.

Ainsi d'Angel Face, cosigné avec Abbey Lincoln, et qui met en valeur la voix expressive de Viktorija Gecyté. Ou encore les morceaux, tels Minor Conception, Things Are So Pretty In The Spring, ou Hank’s Vibe, dans lesquels fait merveille Alain Jean-Marie, pianiste subtil s’il en est. Son jeu se conjugue avec celui du vibraphoniste et leur stimulation réciproque se perçoit dans une commune inspiration mélodique. Quant à la rythmique, elle compte en Mourad Benhammou l’un des meilleurs batteurs actuels dans le domaine du bop et du hard bop (Vignette). Comme le bassiste Michel Rosciglione n’est pas en reste (Chant), le quartette frappe par son efficacité et son élégance. 
Une alliance rare qui mérite d’être soulignée."

—Jacques Aboucaya (Édition Avril, 2021)
Jazz Magazine

[Emglish Version]

A most enjoyable dive into the world of Hank Jones, which we can not say that he inspires many current musicians... quite wrongly, anyway! For the pianist, a member of a large family of musicians as famous as Thad, trumpeter-arranger, and Elvin, drummer, was as talented as the latter, and certainly much more discreet. So much so that his death at 91 in 2010 went almost unnoticed. Yet he was a very popular performer and a too little-known composer, as prolific as he was refined. As proof, the themes that the young Italian vibraphonist has chosen to revisit in the company of a quartet in perfect harmony with the goal assigned to him: to bring out the seductions of music of undeniable originality.

Thus Angel Face, co-signed with Abbey Lincoln, and which highlights the expressive voice of Viktorija Gecyté. Or the pieces, such as Minor Conception, Things Are So Pretty In The Spring, or Hank's Vibe, in which Alain Jean-Marie, a subtle pianist if ever there is one, is a marvel. His playing is combined with that of the vibraphonist and their reciprocal stimulation is perceived in a common melodic inspiration. As for the rhythm, Mourad Benhammou has one of the best current drummers in the field of bop and hard bop (Vignette). As the bassist Michel Rosciglione is not to be outdone (Vocals), the quartet is striking with its efficiency and elegance. A rare alliance that deserves to be highlighted.

—Jacques Aboucaya (April, 2021)
Jazz Magazine
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"Nicholas Thomas has achieved success by bringing these musicians together. His vibraphone musings lead the way with melodies and solo extrapolations that I’m sure would please Mr. Jones."

—Gene Perla, bassist & teacher
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