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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby

Joan Records


EARL ‘FATHA’ HINES

‘Portrait’

Sabam CRESCENDO
Blue Classic Line – 7263

 

1

Love Me Tonight

13

My Melancholy Baby

2

Down Among the Sheltering Palms

14

The Earl

3

Rhythm Sundae

15

Chicago High Life

4

Pianology

16

Stowaway

5

Rosetta

17

Panther Rag

6

Piano Man

18

Just Too Soon

7

Body and Soul

19

Caution Blues

8

Tantalizing A Cuban

20

A Monday Date

9

Blues In Thirds

21

I Ain’t Got Nobody

10

G.T. Stomp

22

Fifty-Seven Varieties

11

On the Sunny Side of the Street

23

Glad Rag Doll

12

Blue Keys    

This collection of recordings by Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines covers the period 1928-1946 and features him both as a solo player and accompanist. It has often been claimed that he was the first ‘modern jazz’ pianist. His approach was certainly unique at the time and it was often referred to as ‘trumpet style;’ his frequent use of single note phrases and arpeggios was associated with the ‘style of jazz brass players.’ He was also noted for his emphatic and extended chords.

Included in this collection are several of his first recorded piano solos made in 1928 at a time when he was working with Jimmy Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra. The first band he led was also formed in 1928, only four years after he had launched his professional career. Immediately he acquired a residency at the Grand Terrace Ballroom in Chicago that lasted for twelve years. In the 1950s he played with Armstrong’s All Stars for a short period. He then seems to have gone into obscurity until 1964 when, after a series of New York concerts, his career was revitalized. He continued to make regular performances until his death in 1983.

The accompanying notes show that thirteen of the titles on this CD were composed by Hines and overall it provides an interesting cross-section of his work as a recognized pioneer of jazz.

Jack Ashby

 



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