The Roland Hanna Trio – Child of Gemini (1971/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

The Roland Hanna Trio – Child of Gemini (1971/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time –39:03 minutes | 717 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © MPS

Sir Roland Hanna’s 1971 sessions for MPS pairs the veteran pianist with bassist David Holland and drummer Daniel Humair, focusing exclusively on the leader’s originals that were originally intended as a suite, though they stand very well individually, too. The first four selections display the influence of the classical portion of Hanna’s studies, especially the Bach-flavored “Prelude-So You’ll Know My Name” and the lovely “Courrante-Blue.” The lively blues “Ha-Ho-Da” showcases each of the three musicians in turn. Hanna switches to an electric piano (set to sound like a harp) for the ballad “Blue Lilly” and wraps the sessions with “A Statement of the Truth,” a complex bop line with a nod to Lennie Tristano. Overall, the music is not quite up to the level of other recordings under Hanna’s leadership, though it is still a worthwhile LP. Since MPS ceased operations not long after the 1972 release of this album, it may be somewhat difficult to find.


1.Prelude – So You’ll Know My Name – 3:17
2.Allemande – Dance – 5:49
3.Courrante – Blue – 2:47
4.Child of Gemini – 3:47
5.Arsenic and New Lace – 4:19
6.Ha-Ho-Da – 7:04
7.Blue Lilly – 3:08
8.A Statement for the Truth – 8:56