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The new Earl Hines Box – Piano Genius at Work

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

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Storyville Records is proud to present a box of seven CDs and one DVD with the great Earl “Fatha” Hines (1903-1983). The collection represents a truly invaluable cross-section of his output from 1928 through 1974 and is an opportunity to experience an indispensable piece of jazz history.

Earl Hines is often named the “Father of Modern Jazz Piano” and not without good reason. He was a piano pioneer, not only in excelling and exercising his mastery of harmony and rhythm in solos, but in establishing the piano as an important member of any jazz ensemble. The trumpet-style phrasing Hines formed a close creative unit with Louis Armstrong all the while being a band leader and extravagant reformer: Never afraid to go beyond known borders and challenge the listener’s ear, Hines resembled a “Houdini of jazz piano for his ability to extricate himself form trap of his own devising” (Leonard Feather, jazz pianist).

The box features solo sessions from Hines’ early days in 1928 and up to 1974 in New York and Chicago, 1948 radio broadcasts from Blue Note in Chicago with Louis Armstrong and his All Stars, a series of 1954 through 1955 live recordings from the infamous Club Hangover in San Francisco, 1954 collaborations with the Muggsy Spanier All Stars, numerous 1959 recordings with the Earl Hines Quartet from London House in Chicago and on the DVD, a 1970 take of Earl Hines solo on piano and vocal.

“He was one of the chosen few who created the vocabulary of jazz – a language that is still flourishing and expanding its vocabulary. Whether they know it or not, every pianist attempting to play jazz is using something created by Earl Hines” writes jazz critic Dan Morgenstern in the meticulously detailed liner notes and adds: “Hines endures, and this collection is a fine representation of his art and craft”. We are excited to let you in on yet another aspect of Earl Hines’ imaginative and rhythmic universe!

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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra in Rotterdam 1969

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

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Duke Ellington’s status as a legend is well-merited. This new release presents the star and his whole orchestra in full vigor at a 1969 Rotterdam concert.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra toured Europe in November 1969, a time when Duke was still at the top of his powers. It is a pleasure to be able to issue the whole of an excellent concert recorded in De Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam—a venue famous for its splendid acoustics. The ambience is remarkable on this live recording: The audience is audibly enthusiastic and these high spirits influence the band: Duke Ellington and the orchestra gave two concerts on November 7th, and even though this is the second one, the musicians sound nothing but lively and fresh.

The repertoire includes classics such as “Take the A Train” and “Don’t Get Around Much More” rarely heard as swinging as on this day, vigorous and fresh versions of “Kinda Dukish” and “Rockin’ In Rhythm” and the newer 1966 composition “La Plus Belle Africaine”, the centerpiece of the concert.

Among the soloists we find Johnny Hodges playing as beautifully as ever on “Black Butterfly”, only half a year before his death. Other prominent band members such as Cootie Williams, Lawrence Brown, Harry Carney and Paul Gonsalves are also featured.

The never before released 1969 Rotterdam concert exhibits Duke Ellington & His Orchestra on one of their most intense and enthusiastic nights. Still in a brilliant mood after two concerts, Duke Ellington even played an after-party concert with a quartet—Storyville Records hopes to issue these recordings in the future.

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