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Pamela Hines Trio: The Music of Richard Whiting

Read "The Music of Richard Whiting" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The first thirty seconds of a listening experience sets the tone. The disc spins, and music emerges. It's Richard Whiting's “Sleepy Time Gal." And it just might be the loveliest thing pianist Pamela Hines has ever recorded, languid and syrupy, with the trio that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Miki Matsuki. Her trio mates are as locked into the tune's concept--and Hines' concept--as they can be. The Music of Richard Whiting is Hines' album-long tribute to the ...

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Pamela Hines Trio: Thrive!

Read "Thrive!" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Pamela Hines 2013 CD offering, 3.2.1 (Spice Rack Records), was an immersion in the standards, with a big nod to the iconic Bill Evans. It was, perhaps, a bit of a writing respite for Hines, who is a supremely talented tune-smith. She's back, song-writing talents intact, energized even, on this all originals set, Thrive!. Opening with “Emma's Room," Hines and her backing trio-- Dave Clark on bass and Les Harris holding down the drum chair--make a sound ...

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Pamela Hines Trio: 3.2.1.

Read "3.2.1." reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Pamela Hines has been busy on the jazz scene for fifteen years, producing many excellent CDs featuring her quartets and quintets, as well as pairings with several top-notch vocalists. A first-rate composer of engaging and memorable tunes who put out one of the coolest Christmas albums, New Christmas (Spice Rack, 2008), she should be better known. 3.2.1, a superb, mostly trio affair, might just push her profile closer to where it belongs.Most of Hines' recordings, including New ...

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Pamela Hines Trio: Moon Germs

Read "Moon Germs" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Recording the real first varied-style, high energy album of her career, pianist Pamela Hines unveils Moon Germs, titled after the Joe Farrell composition, with longtime band mates, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti, on an eclectic blend of driving rhythms and freer interpretations of modern jazz. With this album, Hines attempts a different approach and a new twist to some familiar music. She wastes no time accepting the challenge, proceeding to play the opening “Let's Fall In Love" as ...

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Pamela Hines: This Heart Of Mine

Read "This Heart Of Mine" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

It's always tempting to say that any bright young musician who plays the ivory keys with a sound that's delightful and, sometimes, defined by silence has descended artistically from musicians like Paul Bley or Bill Evans. These kinds of generalizations can be overzealous; but despite the clear influence in the case of pianist Pamela Hines' This Heart Of Mine, her ability suggests more than simple imitation. Pamela Hines' melodic lines sing, seemingly drawn from a school of ...

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Pamela Hines: New Christmas

Read "New Christmas" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Following Pamela Hines' career proves that the Boston-based pianist/composer is very good at three things (at least): swinging in the piano trio format, playing behind female vocalists, and writing engaging jazz tunes in both of those endeavors.

New Christmas is Hines' second CD foray into holiday music. It is a beautifully hip outing, eschewing the standard Christmas fair in favor of her own top notch tunes.

She brings a first-rate trio (bassist Dave Landoni ...

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Pamela Hines Trio: Return

Read "Return" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Following in the footsteps of Drop 2 (Spice Rack Records, 2006), pianist Pamela Hines and her trio returns for an even better example of the jazz piano trio, augmented by guest saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi. Her rhythm section of bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti remain intact.

Commentary on Hines' previous albums has underscored a similarity to Bill Evans, a sentiment not to be taken lightly. On tunes like Rodgers & Hart's “My Heart Stood Still" ...


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