222

Pamela Hines: This Heart Of Mine

Raul d'Gama Rose By

Sign in to view read count
Pamela Hines: This Heart Of Mine 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 unconscious thought pioneered by the likes of melodists such as Fats Waller, Art Tatum and Hank Jones. Hines also swings in and out of impressionist harmony. Nevertheless, she has something that is much more her own: a subconscious feeling for rhythm and inner pulse of harmony and especially melody. She extracts and plays a beautiful bass line with every melody, a quality akin to Latin American pianists (like Pedro "Peruchin" Justiz and Frank Emilio Flynn).

Here lies the finest quality of This Heart of Mine, where Hines explores some fine literature of the piano in its pristine manner, within the construct of creating a solo record. This is a challenge. A pianist must, for instance, be capable of nuanced interpretations of the word "reflection" in the medley of {Duke Ellington}}'s "Reflections in D" and The Beatles' "Across the Universe." Ellington's version is a sensuous kind, one where you can almost hear the rustle of silk, while "Across the Universe," a play on Ellington's tune, is wistful and ruminative. To unite the thoughts without missing a beat comes from an inner understanding of both complex emotions and how they play out. Following this, to negotiate the twists and turns of harmony and rhythm of Bud Powell "Celia" is very creditable. Tommy Flanagan's "Freight Train" is another kicker of an interpretation and an exercise in dexterity, all while never missing a beat.

Emotions are Hines' forte and she describes the events that opened her eyes to transposing the Jimmy McHugh/Harold Adamson standard, "Where Are You"—this version shifting from a more indigo shade to a brighter blue mood. Her own "Bonnaire" shows courage and flair for leaping into a musical territory that is rhythmically very daunting. This is in sharp contrast to the feeling of longing that permeates her other composition, "Release." There is much more saudade in the Jimmy McHugh/Dorothy Fields classic, "I'm In The Mood For Love." The slow treatment works beautifully as the sound of tonal silence is perfectly pitched. Ralph Towner superb guitar piece, "Icarus," is another exquisite transcription to piano.

Clearly, Hines, an extremely mature piano brain with a deft touch, plays with great care to read music creatively. Still, her greatest strength comes not from that musical brain, but from her heart and soul.

Track Listing: Reflections In D/Across The Universe; Celia; This Heart Of Mine; Love For Sale; Where Are You?; Freight Train; Bonaire; Etarnal Flame; I'm In The Mood For Love; Release; What Is This Thing Called Love; I'm Glad There Is You; Icarus.

Personnel: Pamela Hines: piano.

Title: This Heart Of Mine | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Spice Rack Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Can't Get Started CD/LP/Track Review Can't Get Started
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 24, 2017
Read Viriditas CD/LP/Track Review Viriditas
by Tyran Grillo
Published: August 24, 2017
Read Jorg Schippa's Kiosk CD/LP/Track Review Jorg Schippa's Kiosk
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 24, 2017
Read Soul Trio CD/LP/Track Review Soul Trio
by Anthony Shaw
Published: August 24, 2017
Read Second Act CD/LP/Track Review Second Act
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 23, 2017
Read Imaga Mondo CD/LP/Track Review Imaga Mondo
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 23, 2017
Read "1954" CD/LP/Track Review 1954
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 15, 2016
Read "Purple Patio" CD/LP/Track Review Purple Patio
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 27, 2016
Read "Danse" CD/LP/Track Review Danse
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 7, 2017
Read "Soul Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Soul Trio
by Anthony Shaw
Published: August 24, 2017
Read "Second Act" CD/LP/Track Review Second Act
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 23, 2017
Read "Collider" CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.