JazzTimes - 10/96, p.123
"...what we have here are examples of true improvisation, not built on previously established routines, but issuing like a stream of consciousness....The strong, muscled touch dominates, of course, but his keyboard mastery extends to lyrically dynamic contrasts with the strongly attacked passages."
Solo performer: Earl Hines (piano).
Recorded at RCA Studio, New York, New York on April 16, 1974. Includes liner notes by Dan Morgenstern.
Personnel: Earl Hines (piano).
Liner Note Author: Dan Morgenstern.
Recording information: RCA Studio, New York, NY (04/16/1974).
This CD reissue of an Earl Hines solo piano session originally made for the Australian Swaggie label is a bit unusual. Hines had apparently not played any of the seven songs (which include such standards as "Night And Day," "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "I Get A Kick Out Of You") previously, nor would they enter his repertoire after the session. No matter, Hines interprets the compositions as if he had been familiar with them for decades. His chancetaking improvisations have their hair raising moments (particularly when he suspends time) and are quite exciting. A superb effort by the immortal pianist who at 71 still seemed to be improving. ~ Scott Yanow