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Nearly impossible to find now, this LP has all of the music recorded by Earl Hines as a solo pianist (two versions of "Glad Rag Doll") and as a bandleader in 1929. Hines, who would lead orchestras for 20 years, had a particularly strong big band from the start, with George Mitchell and Shirley Clay on trumpets and the reeds of Cecil Irwin. This LP allows one to hear 15 performances of nine songs (there are quite a few very interesting alternate takes), and much of the music is exciting. Pity that the Depression would keep the band out of the studios until 1932, and that this music is not yet available in complete form on CD.


Born: 28 December 1905 in Duquesne, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Once called "the first modern jazz pianist," Earl Hines differed from the stride pianists of the 1920s by breaking up the stride rhythms with unusual accents from his left hand. While his right hand often played octaves so as to ring clearly over ensembles, Hines had the trickiest left hand in the business, often suspending time recklessly but without ever losing the beat. One of the all-time great pianists, Hines was a major influence on Teddy Wilson, Jess Stacy, Joe Sullivan, Nat King Cole, and...
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