Masters Of Jazz: Earl Hines


Publisher: Storyville Records
Artist: Earl Hines
Series: Masters Of Jazz
Format: Audio / Video | Recorded Performance
Published on: 05 April 2013
Length: 78
Language: English
Catalogue No: STV1018512

      Musicroom Reviews

      In his notes, Brian Priestley uses the phrase ‘the joy of discovery’ about Earl Hines’ earliest recordings. Actually, it’s the same feeling you get by listening to the last 45 minutes here, with Hines, alone in a studio in 1974, rhapsodizing on six songs by Harold Arlen. He treats the songs like they are his personal property (and at the same time completely fresh to him), changing keys (and sometime chords), interjecting double-tempo runs or rubato passages, in short, putting a stamp on the music that is as strong, inimitable and personal as that of Art Tatum. The six 1954-tracks by Hines’ sextet are less exciting in their rhythm’n’blues inclinations, but the Arlen tunes are breathtaking stuff.
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