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A brilliant keyboard virtuoso, Earl “Fatha” Hines was one of the first great piano soloists in jazz, and one of the very few musicians who could hold his own with Louis Armstrong. His so-called 'trumpet' style used doubled octaves in the right hand to produce a clear melodic line that stood out over the sound of a whole band, but he also had a magnificent technical command of the entire range of the keyboard. Earl Kenneth Hines was born into a musical family in Duquesne, Pennsylvania, on December 28, 1905. His father worked as a foreman at the local coal docks and played cornet with the Eureka Brass Band, a group that performed at picnics and dances

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Horace Silver: His Only Mistake Was To Smile

Read "Horace Silver: His Only Mistake Was To Smile" reviewed by Chris May


In his sleeve note for the audio restored Horace Silver album Live New York Revisited (ezz-thetics, 2022), British writer Brian Morton cut to the chase. “[Silver]'s only mistake," he wrote, “was to smile while he was playing... a challenge to the notion that jazz should be deadly serious and played with a pained rictus."

News: Recording

Backgrounder: Johnny Hodges and Earl Hines

Backgrounder: Johnny Hodges and Earl Hines

Another terrific Johnny Hodges album is Stride Right, with pianist Earl “Fatha" Hines. The album was recorded for Verve in January 1966 and featured Johnny Hodges on alto saxophone, Earl Hines on piano and organ, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Richard Davis on bass and Joe Marshall on drums. The grace and prancing elegance of this album ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Benny Benack III: Presentation matters

Read "Benny Benack III: Presentation matters" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Benny Benack III didn't necessarily start out thinking he would be a hipster crooner. He spent his 10,000 hours dealing with the trumpet, and he's still dealing with it. He tells me that he brings it with him everywhere--even on dates. He says, “Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Roy Hargrove, and Clark Terry were my early idols ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Earl Hines

Jazz Musician of the Day: Earl Hines

All About Jazz is celebrating Earl Hines' birthday today! A brilliant keyboard virtuoso, Earl “Fatha” Hines was one of the first great piano soloists in jazz, and one of the very few musicians who could hold his own with Louis Armstrong. His so-called 'trumpet' style used doubled octaves in the right hand to produce a clear ...

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Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith's Great Lakes Quartet: The Chicago Symphonies

Read "The Chicago Symphonies" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The prolific virtuoso Wadada Leo Smith gave us two TUM Records box sets in the first half of 2021 and will end the year with two more, including the very ambitious The Chicago Symphonies. The four-disc collection features the trumpeter/composer's Great Lakes Quartet with saxophonist/flutist Henry Threadgill, bassist John Lindberg and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The final ...

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Article: Highly Opinionated

Jazz Inside And Out: Select Posts from 2013-2015

Read "Jazz Inside And Out: Select Posts from 2013-2015" reviewed by John Goodman


Here's a selection of posts from my now-discontinued blog, Jazz Inside and Out. I started writing it in summer 2013 and persisted for about six years. As 2016 rolled around, like many others I got quite taken over by politics, and my posts reflected that. Readership went up, jazz took a sabbatical. Politics and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ray Gallon and Kenny Washington

Read "Ray Gallon and Kenny Washington" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We kick off our 715th Episode of Neon Jazz with the veteran New York City pianist Ray Gallon. The music keeps on getting better here in 2021 and we profile artists including Alyssa Allgood, Mara Rosenbloom and Jeremy Monteiro. In between new tracks, we have older cats that influenced them from the likes of Ari Hoenig, ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Impulse Records: Music, Message & The Moment

Read "Impulse Records: Music, Message & The Moment" reviewed by Chris May


Those of us for whom Impulse has been as important a part of our cultural lives as Blue Note, perhaps even a more important one, will not be satisfied until the label reissues its entire catalogue on remastered CDs and audiophile vinyl. In the meantime, it would be churlish to do anything other than applaud such ...

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Article: Rediscovery

International Sweethearts of Rhythm: una big band di donne afroamericane nella società sessista degli anni Quaranta.

Read "International Sweethearts of Rhythm: una big band di donne afroamericane nella società sessista degli anni Quaranta." reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Il genio creativo di Mary Lou Williams nell'era dello swing costituisce la punta di diamante della creatività jazzistica femminile, la cui storia è tutta da riscrivere. La presunta mancanza di forza fisica, abilità strumentale, senso dello swing fu alla base sello scetticismo della comunità jazzistica nei confronti delle donne, relegate al ruolo di vocalist in brani ...


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