His more reflective pieces show a bit of a classical-romantic rhapsodic influence. But then he'll turn around and whip off 20th Century Rag," a kind of post-rag rag that gives us a little of the musical flavors of Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington in their early modern zone.
It matters little where you begin this album. Every track is filled with the Hanna sound and approach.
Here's a player that was taken a little too much for granted during his lifetime. Colors From A Giant's Kit shows us some of the pre-post-bop Hanna many of us missed while he was here. It's something we can be thankful was captured on the digital channels of this new CD. Listen and learn.