Storyville Records

Piano Genius At Work

Price $64.99

Catalogue Number
1088615
Format
7CD Box + DVD
Artist
Earl Hines
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Description

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.

The 7 CD plus one DVD box set 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.

In the detailed liner notes, Dan Morgenstern writes: “Hines endures, and this collection is a fine representation of his art and craft”. 

Personnel

CD1: Earl Hines solo piano

You can listen to a small part of all the songs from CD1 in the right side of this page.  

CD2: Earl Hines Solo Piano + Louis Armstrong and his All Stars

  1. I've Got The World On A String
  2. Somewhere over the rainbow
  3. Between the Devil and the deep blue sea
  4. Come rain or come shine
  5. My shining hour
  6. As long as I live
  7. When it's sleepy time down south
  8. Muskrat ramble
  9. A song is born
  10. Basin Street blues
  11. St. Louis Blues
  12. High society
  13. Royal Garden blues
  14. I've got a right to sing the blues 

CD3: Earl Hines/ Muggsy Spanier All Stars

  1. A Monday date
  2. Mood Indigo
  3. Wang-Wang blues
  4. Pops' Blues
  5. Apex Blues
  6. Caravan
  7. I ain't got nobody
  8. Mahogany Hall Stomp
  9. Savoy blues
  10. I've found a new baby
  11. Relaxin' at the Touro
  12. Medley: Bugle Call Rag/Ole Miss
  13. I'm coming Virginia
  14. It's right here for you
  15. When the saints go marching in

CD 4: Earl Hines Esquire All Stars featruing Dicky Wells

  1. Theme: Deep Forest
  2. Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues
  3. Tin Roof Blues
  4. Sleepwalking
  5. Rosetta
  6. Jump for Joy
  7. One O'Clock Jump
  8. Ballin' the Jack
  9. You're the cream in my coffee
  10. Love is just around the corner
  11. Hot soup
  12. The C jam blues
  13. Low down blues
  14. Jumpin' with Symphony Sid
  15. Piano man 
  16. Theme: Deep forest

CD5: Earl Hines' Dixieland All Stars

  1. Theme: Deep forest
  2. Ballin' the jack
  3. Jazz me blues
  4. St. James Infirmary
  5. Lady be good
  6. Darktown Strutters Ball
  7. Some of these days
  8. Sweet Georgia Brown
  9. Boowgie woogie on St. Louis Blues
  10. On the sunny side of the street
  11. Back O'Town blues
  12. Theme: Deep forest

CD6: Earl Hines Quartet

  1. Theme: Deep Forest
  2. On the Alamo
  3. Tangerine
  4. Blues for Tatum
  5. Thou swell
  6. Willow weep for me
  7. Stompin' at the Savoy
  8. Theme: Deep Forest
  9. Do nothing 'till you hear from me
  10. Louise
  11. It all depends on you
  12. Stars fell on Alabama
  13. Little girl
  14. Someone to watch over me
  15. Get happy

CD7: Earl Hines Quartet

  1. Theme: Deep forest
  2. Thou swell
  3. Memphis blues
  4. Rosetta
  5. Can't we talk it over
  6. Mack the knife
  7. Tin roof blues
  8. Theme: Deep forest
  9. Give me the simple life
  10. You're getting to be a habit with me
  11. Basin Street Blues
  12. Liza
  13. Moonlight in Vermont
  14. Perdido
  15. The song is ended

DVD: Earl Hines piano solo & vocal

  1. I cover the waterfront
  2. Medley: Black and blue/ Two sleepy people/ Ain't Misbehavin'/ Squeeze me/ Honeysuckle Rose / Tea for two

Reviews

"Few other than Earl Hines could give the piano orchestral dimensions with a wickerwork of complex melodic strings, weaving themselves in an out of one another, while still anchoring wild soloist excursions in solidly swinging rhythms. Alone at the piano is where his virtuosity shines the brightest." 

- Politiken, "A Homage to Hines". April 14, 2016

"These solo-takes from 1928 and onward prove that Hines was a pioneer in improvisaiton... The box is a beautiful Earl Hines-documentation and I love these original radio broadcasts where every little detail is included"

- Jens Jørn Gjedstd, Jazz Special 150 (2016)

If you do not have all of this material otherwise, do yourself a favor and grab this set of recordings by one very important jazz musician. Highly recommended and if were awarding stars, several dozen would not be out of line.

Herb Young, IAJRC

"We can but rejoice that we have this new volume dedicated entirely to one of the greatest creators in the history of jazz... I would like to stress that with Earl Hines, nothing is anodyne and you will always find something interesting and undiscovered and surprising to admire in him... If you don't have any of the music that you find in this collection, you will definitely not lose by acquiring this album!"

Bulletin du HCF, 654, October 2016

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