Doc: Earl "Fatha" Hines


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Earl Hines revolutionized the piano in the 1930s and, with Art Tatum, remains jazz's mightiest player. His fearsome, trumpet-like octave attack incorporated all aspects of the jazz orchestra. Instead of cranking out machine-like syncopation on the keyboard, Hines's swing style gave the piano a personality free from the rhythm section and set the stage for the big band era. Here's a color documentary on the man they called “Fatha." It was filmed at the Blues Alley club in Washington, D.C., for the U.K.'s ITV channel in 1975...


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