99

John Hines: In The Pocket

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
John Hines: In The Pocket A debut recording is always interesting. John Hines’ first is by and large a good debut, except for a couple of awkward moments where he gets heavy handed and congeals his playing. This happens on “In a Sentimental Mood,” which is weighed down by the tack he takes. Sentiment need not be down in the dumps. And on “Central Park West,” his first solo does not ignite the thread. It is now time for the goodies.

The blues come with “Hard Times.” Hines is propulsive and energetic as he lends the bounce to his lines before engaging in easy flowing interlock with the organ of Michael Pagan. When he switches to piano, Pagan opens up the harmonic welt of the tune, dancing round the edges and dipping into the melody to pull out some engaging moments. There is more blues when it comes time for “Kickin’ Back,” a spirited romp with Hines leading the charge, Rob Ward on drums adding to the drive with crisp accents.

There is an innate joy in the music when it comes to “I Could Write A Song.” Hines is in an appropriately animated frame, a mood that is complemented by Hugh Ragin on trumpet, a flowing stream of captivating ideas. Ragin’s tone is fat and nicely rounded as he takes to the flugelhorn for the ballad “More Than A Friend." His reading of the theme and the opening of the path is gorgeous. Hines and then Pagan slip right into that emotional strain and in tandem turn in a memorable performance.

Visit Capri Records on the web.

Track Listing: In The Pocket; I Could write A Book; Secret Love; Central Park West; Hard Times; A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square; More Than A Friend; Kickin

Personnel: John Hines

Year Released: 2004 | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
You & I
HinesDeVine Jazz Records
2015
buy
You & I
Hines DeVine Jazz Records
2004
buy

More Articles

Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Get 'Em CD/LP/Track Review Get 'Em
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Radioactive Landscapes EP CD/LP/Track Review Radioactive Landscapes EP
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Wake Up Call CD/LP/Track Review Wake Up Call
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 24, 2017
Read The Many Minds of Richie Cole CD/LP/Track Review The Many Minds of Richie Cole
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: April 24, 2017
Read LifeCycle CD/LP/Track Review LifeCycle
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 23, 2017
Read "Cloud Illusions" CD/LP/Track Review Cloud Illusions
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 7, 2016
Read "Billows Of Blue" CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "In Denmark 1959-1960" CD/LP/Track Review In Denmark 1959-1960
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 7, 2016
Read "I Just Want to Get Paid!" CD/LP/Track Review I Just Want to Get Paid!
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 15, 2016
Read "Night Music" CD/LP/Track Review Night Music
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 4, 2016
Read "Natural Perception" CD/LP/Track Review Natural Perception
by Edward Blanco
Published: September 5, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!