Swing Me No Waltzes (Remastered) Roland Hanna
- 1I Hear You Knockin' but You Can't Come In - Blues06:10
- 2Some Kind of Folk Song01:58
- 3A Little Sweetnin for Sweden: A Little Sweetnin' for Sweden03:39
- 4Free Spirit-Free Style04:36
- 5Everything but You04:19
- 6Swing Me No Waltzes04:04
- 7Lullabye for Cedric04:21
- 9Roses Not Mums07:09
Info for Swing Me No Waltzes (Remastered)
Roland Hanna, one of the most flexible pianists of any generation, is heard to greatest advantage in the most basic of musical situations: unaccompanied. Except for Duke Ellington’s Everything but You, all the tunes in this album are Roland Hanna originals and the fact that he is a composer of considerable talent is only icing on an already delicious cake.
"This reissue brings back the original recorded album in 1979 plus seven compatible selections from 1973 that were previously unreleased. Throughout, Hanna (who is usually heard in a trio) plays unaccompanied piano solos. Of the 16 selections, ten are by Hanna, and he proves to be an underrated composer whose songs deserve to be covered by others. Hanna's roots are in swing and Duke Ellington, and that aspect of his musical personality is here, along with some more adventurous moments. A strong outing by a brilliant and distinctive pianist." (Scott Yanow, AMG)
Track 1 to 9 recorded in Stockholm, when Hanna was on a European tour of May 2, 1979. Track 10 to 14 recorded at Nola Studios, New York, April 23, 1973. Track 15 and 16 recorded at Jerry Dodgion's House, New Jersey, May 23, 1973
Sir Roland Hanna, piano
Sir Roland Hanna
was one of the major artists in jazz and one of the most flexible pianists of any generation. Born in Detroit Michigan, Roland began private piano studies with Ms. Josephine Love at an early age. After graduation from Cass Technical High School and a two-year stint in the US Army, he continued his musical studies at the Eastman and Juilliard Schools of Music. He then followed with a mega-mile career journey, performing in concert halls and clubs in the major cities of the world. He was knighted, in 1970, by then President William V.S. Tubman of Liberia for humanitarian services to that country.
Sir Roland Hanna was born Roland Pembroke Hanna on February 10, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan and passed away November 13, 2002 in Harris, New York. Knighted by the government of Liberia in recognition of his fundraising for Liberian children, Hanna, a classically trained pianist, known for his elegant and versatile style is considered a jazz aristocrat. In addition to his work with artists like Charles Mingus, Carmen McCrae and Sarah Vaughn (as her musical director), a longtime member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewish Orchestra and his own group The New York Jazz Quartet Quartet and solo work, he was a prolific composer not only of jazz but classical music. Aside from his busy recording and performing schedule Hanna was also faculty at Queen’s College, New York.