Though the Frank-Hailey Eric Zukoski Trio’s last album, Passing It Around, can still heard on rotation on radio, TV, and multiple compilations, after seven years, this Texas trio was itching to record another. The result, An Old Sweet Song, named by Jazzlines (National Public Radio) as one of the ten best instrumental jazz recordings of 2008, is a concept album that features soulful, groove heavy jazz interpretations of popular compositions not normally associated with the jazz genre, ranging from the likes of Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz to Maria Muldauer’s Midnight At The Oasis.
All About Jazz noted that “Hailey is a cousin of seminal jazz pianist and composer Cedar Walton. But as this CD amply illustrates, Hailey need not invoke the reputation of his well-known relative to gain recognition, revealing he is a fine piano performer in his own right. . . Hopefully this initial outing is the forerunner of more albums in the future.
This wish for the future has now arrived, and the result is an album with broad appeal to not just jazz fans, but fans of popular music of all styles. This broad appeal is boosted by performance and production work from Eric Zukoski, who has backed artists ranging from The Drifters to Maren Morris, and whose work as a record producer includes accomplishments in several genres outside of jazz, including having produced what is now the best-selling compilation of Texas music in history (Don't Mess With Texas Music) for the Texas Music Project (501c3), for which Eric is the music attorney and a founding board member.
If you’re a casual jazz fan or a guru…you should hear An Old Sweet Song by
The Frank Hailey-Eric Zukoski Trio. These guys groove man and there are some
great piano tracks on this release. Some of my faves are Go Tell It On The
Mountain, Midnight At The Oasis, and Georgia On My Mind. Uncle T's Rants &
Raves. NYC, 2009.
“Hailey is a cousin of seminal jazz pianist and composer Cedar Walton. But as
this CD amply illustrates, Hailey need not invoke the reputation of his well-
known relative to gain recognition, revealing he is a fine piano performer in his
own right. . . Hopefully this initial outing is the forerunner of more albums in
the future. All About Jazz.