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Album Review

Earl "Fatha" Hines is in typically great form on this 1960 release with guitarist Calvin Newborn (brother of pianist Phineas Newborn, Jr.), bassist Carl Pruitt, and drummer William English. The music is very familiar to most of the pianist's fans, although the inclusion of a guitarist on "Saint Louis Blues Boogie Woogie" (better known under the more familiar title "Boogie Woogie on the St. Louis Blues") and its relative brevity (instead of the typically three-plus minute right-hand tremolo that Hines often favored in later years) make it sound rather fresh compared to the pianist's many other recordings of it. Hines' treatment of "Tea for Two" begins as a lively waltz until it breaks loose into daredevil swing. His friendly vocal is a highlight of "I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me." He also includes a rousing take of one of his best-known compositions, "Rosetta," as well as singing his easygoing "You Can Depend on Me." This long unavailable LP will be fairly difficult to find.

Biography

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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