Hank Jones: Bluesette (London 1979) 2002

subtitled: The Definitve Black & Blue Sessions

Bluesette (London 1979)

Track list:

01. Bluesette
02. Blue And Sentimental
03. Milt’s Mood
04. Blues In My Heart
05. Things Ain’t What That Used To Be
06. Azure
07. Down
08. Saint James Infirmary
+bonus tracks (*not on original LP)
09. Bluesette (tk 1) [*]
10. Things Ain’t What That Used To Be (tk 1) [*]
11. Down (tk 1) [*]


Hank Jones – piano;
George Duvivier – bass;
Alan Dawson – drums

Recorded: RAK studio, London; July 22, 1979
Released: 1979
Label: Black & Blue (France)
BB 907.2 [1994 CD, London session bonus tracks]

Engineer: Doug Hopkins
Liner Notes: Jean Delmas
English Translation: Jean-Francois Kresser
Photography: Jean-Pierre Tahmazian

The 1986 CD issue [BB 233168] includes three tracks recorded by Patrice Quef at Mirval Studio, Brignoles, France, on July 17, 1978
09. A Foggy Day
11. Angel Face (mis-numbered on back cover)
12. Hank’s Blues (mis-numbered on back cover)

The three tracks were previously issued on “Foggy Day” (Black & Blue (France) 33.141):

Bluesette [33-168]


Hank Jones is often taken for granted because of his seemingly effortless ability at the piano, but this 1979 trio session with bassist George Duvivier and drummer Alan Dawson (both of whom are also top-flight players) finds him at the top of his game.

The hard-driving opener, Toots Theilemans’ “Bluesette,” has fine solos by the leader and Duvivier, supported by Dawson’s crisp brushwork.

Jones shows off his stride piano chops in a jaunty take of “Blue and Sentimental,” offers a swaggering take of “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be,” and a lush treatment of Duke Ellington’s “Azure.”

But the most stunning performance of the session may very well be Jones’ moving solo rendition of “St. James Infirmary.”

Highly recommended.
~Ken Dryden[]


Black & Blue Records is a French record label specializing in swing jazz and blues.

Black & Blue was founded in 1968, and in its early years concentrated on reissuing jazz that had been previously released on American labels.

The label recorded Blues and Jazz musicians both in America and France and began issuing much new material both in the studio and live on stage.

Black & Blue continued their activity well into the CD era. Many of their recordings have been re-released in recent years on the American Evidence Records label.