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!