Reviews that mention Earl Hines

August 18, 2003


An Evening With Earl Hines
Chiaroscuro CR (D) 116/169

Live at the Roosevelt Grill with Vic Dickenson Volume IV
Chiaroscuro CR (D) 179

Traditional jazz fans who complain that the music loses much of its excitement and gaiety when it moves from free-wheeling clubs to sterile concert halls, should listen to these two album recorded live in the 1970s.

Especially note how the intimate stylings of cornetist Bobby Hackett and his crew are nearly submerged beneath the incessant din of conversation in New York’s Roosevelt Grill. Hackett (1915-1976), whose reputation was made as a Bix Beiderbecke heir in the 1930s and 1940s, was probably known to this crowd for his contributions to comedian Jackie Gleason’s series of mood music LPs. The audience listens to these 16 short selections exactly the same way they would have treated MOR radio -- as pleasant background music and as occasional irritant to merry making. MORE

December 10, 2001


At the Party
Delmark DE-535

Pianist Earl Hines (1905-1983) had three distinctive periods of fame during his almost 60 year professional career. The first came in the late 1920s, when he worked with Louis Armstrong and successfully adapted modern ideas to the piano. The second was in the mid-1940s when his big band was an incubator for the bebop revolution. The third came in the mid-1960s, when a renewed appreciation for his mainstream style freed him from the Dixieland clichés he had been forced into playing during the late 1950s. MORE