Earl Hines Piano Man (Definitive)
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- Released: May 22, 2006
- Label: Definitive Spain
- 2.Body and Soul
- 3.Child of a Disordered Brain
- 4.On the Sunny Side of the Street
- 5.My Melancholy Baby
- 6.Blues in Thirds
- 7.G.T. Stomp
- 8.Grand Terrace Shuffle
- 9.Father Steps In
- 10.Piano Man
- 11.Riff Medley
- 12.Boogie Woogie on Saint Louis Blues
- 13.Deep Forest
- 14.Number 19
- 15.Call Me Happy
- 16.Tantalizing a Cuban
- 17.Jelly, Jelly
- 18.Up Jumped the Devil
- 19.Windy City Jive
- 20.The Father Jumps
- 21.Second Balcony Jump
- 22.Stormy Monday Blues
- 23.My Fate Is in Your Hands
- 24.I've Got the Feeling I'm Falling
- 25.Honeysuckle Rose
- 26.Squeeze Me
- 27.Boogie Woogie on Saint Louis Blues
Includes 5 bonus tracks.
Personnel: Earl Hines (piano); Billy Eckstine (vocals); Claude Roberts, Hurley Ramey, Tommy Kay (guitar); Budd Johnson (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Omer Simeon (clarinet, baritone saxophone); Sidney Bechet (clarinet); George "Scoops" Carry (alto saxophone); Franz Jackson, Jimmy Mundy (tenor saxophone); Buddy Harris, Tommy Enoch, Jesse Miller , Freddy Webster, Leroy Snake White, Pee Wee Jackson, Milton Fletcher , Rostelle Reese, Walter Fuller, Benny Harris , Shirley Clay, Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Edward Burke , Edward Fant, Joe McLewis, John Ewing (trombone); Red Norvo (vibraphone); Gordon "Specs" Powell, Alvin Burroughs, Baby Dodds (drums).
Liner Note Author: Mat¡as Rinar.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (10/21/1939-01/19/1945); Hollywood, CA (10/21/1939-01/19/1945); New York, NY (10/21/1939-01/19/1945).
Author: Jimmy Rushing.
As a core sample taken from the early to middle portion of his long career, Piano Man captures the essence of Earl "Fatha" Hines. The listener is meant to begin with five unaccompanied piano appetizers from 1939, 1940, and 1941; to relish the "Blues in Thirds" that Hines recorded with Sidney Bechet and Baby Dodds in 1940; dig into 16 classic big band sides recorded between 1939 and 1942; then savor four beautiful Fats Waller tributes waxed in early 1944 with Al Casey and Oscar Pettiford. For dessert, there's a V-Disc take of the "Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues" with Hines in the company of Charlie Shavers, Red Norvo, and the Paul Baron Orchestra. There are plenty of reasons -- 27 outstanding tracks, in fact -- for this album having consistently received top honors and highest critical acclaim. As both an introduction to and a celebration of the life and work of Earl Hines, the people he worked with, and the music they all lived and died for, this is as good as it gets. That's not hype. It's the honest truth. ~ arwulf arwulf
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