Earl Hines Plays George Gershwin

Earl Hines was at his best when he played unaccompanied solos. He could take any song and turn it in a new classic. 1973’s Plays George Gershwin has plenty of miraculous moments, particularly his creative variations on “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” “Embraceable You” and “They Can't Take That Away From Me.” It is difficult to believe that Hines was 70 at the time for his playing is full of youthful glee and innovative ideas. This is a superb set.

Earl Hines was the first major pianist in jazz. He performed memorably with Armstrong and subsequently had his own bands thru the 30s, 40s and beyond. He influenced all of the other pianists who came later to the world of jazz piano. Listen to his extraordinary distillation of Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue to a single instrument to more fully appreciate Hines skills. Recorded in Milan, Italy in 1973, this extraordinary recording, sounds as fresh today as when it was first recorded, thirty five years ago. Earl chose a series of Gershwin classics for this tribute, including A Foggy Day, Love Is Here To Stay, They All Laughed, Somebody Loves Me, Embraceable You, Lets Call The Whole Thing Off, They Cant Take That Away From Me and Summertime plus the Rhapsody.


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Rhapsody in Blue/ A Foggy Day Love is Here to Stay They All Laughed Somebody Loves Me Embraceable You Let's Call The Whole Thing Off They Can't Take That Away From Me Love Walked In Summertime

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Earl HinesReview by Simon Sez
Earl Hines was always a great pianist, whether it was 1928, 1948 or even 1978. He was ahead of his time at the beginning and at the end he still sounded ahead of most players. Luckily he recorded a lot throughout his long career.
In 1973, Hines did his versions of George Gershwin tunes, sounding quite daring and ageless. Listeners may have heard songs such as “Rhapsody In Blue,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay” and “Embraceable You” a zillion times through the years but no other version sounds like the ones that Hines came up with. He was such a master, making this CD one to get.

Simon Sez: Very few pianists were ever on the level of Earl Hines who on Plays George Gershwin (CJ31) comes up with new ways to play Gershwin.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)

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