It’s no secret that Hank Jones is one of my favorite pianists of all time, and since today would have been his 96th birthday, it seems a good a reason as any to post another interview of his! Here he is speaking with the Village Voice in 2008, shortly atet his 90th birthday celebration(s). From the interview:
VV: Reviewers have called your playing “eloquent” and “lyrical,” as well as “relaxed” and “understated.” Do any of those adjectives not feel right?
HJ: Well, I don’t know how eloquent I am, but I play, probably, in a relaxed and understated manner. Perhaps. Perhaps that suits my style. Of course, this varies from tune to tune, as you know, because you don’t play the same way on every tune. Certain tunes make you think a certain way and certain other tunes make you think another way. But in the aggregate I think my approach is really pretty relaxed and laidback, you might say.
Click here to read Hank Jones in the Village Voice 2008