Chapter II is literally the next chapter in The Great Jazz Trio’s history. After several live performances and almost a dozen albums together, the original lineup of Hank Jones, Ron Carter and Tony Williams came to an end after almost five years. The reason given was that they had done everything they had originally set out to do. Ron Carter wanted to pursue his own projects and Tony Williams wanted to return to the rock world. The torch of the rhythm section was passed on to the next generation of musicians – Eddie Gomez on bass and Al Foster on drums – with Hank Jones as the leader.
Eddie Gomez was born in Puerto Rico on October 4, 1944. He started playing bass at the age of 11 and became a member of Marshall Brown’s Newport Youth Band in his teens. After studying at Juilliard, he went on to play with Marian McPartland, Paul Bley, Gary McFarland and Giuseppe Logan. He joined the Bill Evans Trio in 1966. Al Foster was born in Richmond, Virginia on January 18, 1944 and was raised in New York. After hearing Max Roach’s recordings, he decided to pursue drumming. After studying Philly Joe Jones and Art Blakey, he became a professional drummer when he joined Illinois Jacquet’s Group. He also played with Blue Mitchell and other bands until September 1972 when he was noticed by Miles Davis and was asked to join the Davis Group.
Chapter II was recorded between June 2 and 5, 1980 at Vanguard Studios in New York. This new chapter in The Great Jazz Trio’s evolution provides the opportunity for the artists to stretch themselves and try different things yielding results that are no less ambitious in effort and quality than earlier Great Jazz Trio albums. The album features three compositions by Hank Jones and a composition each from Eddie Gomez and Al Foster. Besides a couple of jazz standards, there is a terrific version of Stevie Wonder’s “All In Love is Fair.” Enjoy the next incarnation of The Great Jazz Trio.
Test of Time boasts a complete collection of early Great Jazz Trio recordings including At The Village Vanguard Vol. 1/Vol. 2/Again, New Wine In Old Bottles, I'm Old Fashioned, Love For Sale, and a box set containing KJLH, Direct From L.A., Milestones, and The Great Tokyo Meeting. For fans of Hank Jones, also look for Hanky Panky with Ron Carter and Grady Tate.
For recent works by The Great Jazz Trio, look for Autumn Leaves and Collaboration with Elvin Jones and Richard Davis, and 'S Wonderful with Jack DeJohnette and John Patitucci, all available from 441 Records.