by Marc Cohn
Gifts & Messages is here to rescue you from depressing news and to cure what ails you! After a rollicking opening segment from Hank Crawford, Vanessa Rodrigues, Brice Winston and Leslie Odom Jr., we continue to celebrate Sonny Rollins -his first recordings with the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet. Then, it's the always sublime Stephane Grappelli, this time with piano giant Earl Hines for three tracks from an absolutely essential session. Once we get going with Earl, it's hard to stop: ...read more
by Chris Mosey
This boxed set of seven CDs and one DVD pays tribute to Earl Fatha" Hines, one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz. From 1928, when he took over the piano stool in Louis Armstrong's band, through to the birth of bebop and modern jazz in the 1940s, when he fronted a big band that featured both Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Hines was up there on the cutting edge. He defied categorization, his ...read more
by David Rickert
Upon listening to Once Upon A Time for the first time, you may have to glance at the cover to confirm that you aren’t listening to an Ellington album by mistake, for this session is littered with Ellington stalwarts like Johnny Hodges, Ray Nance, Paul Gonsalves, and Jimmy Hamilton. You may also do a double take when you notice that the rest of the rhythm section is comprised of mavericks Richard Davis and Elvin Jones.
Despite the ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Earl Hines is considered in some quarters, including the most relevant quarter of pianists themselves, to be the father of modern jazz piano."
Hines had a transitional style that took its main basis from swing but anticipated some important modern innovations. As such, being ahead of his time in some ways while firmly planted in the present in others, it took a while for Hines to get his due. But now he has been seen in retrospect as having been ...read more