Piano Man 1928-1955

Piano Man 1928-1955

by Earl Hines



"Piano Man" was the name of a showcase number for the extroverted keyboard artistry of Earl "Fatha" Hines; it was so catchy (and sufficiently campy) that Gene Krupa couldn't seem to resist swiping the idea and using it to contrive his own feature routine, which he called Drummer Man. Years later, at least five different reissue labels came out with Earl Hines compilations containing the phrase "Piano Man" in the title. The 1998 Giants of Jazz Piano Man employs a non-linear approach to the presentation of 22 Hines' recordings made between the years 1928 and 1955, combining his solo, trio, and big-band recordings and including marvelous collaborations with Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong. Whoever selected these tracks did a wonderful job -- in particular those featuring the Hines orchestra are among the best ever waxed by that organization. "Weather Bird" is the classic Armstrong/Hines duet of December 1928; the 1940 Bluebird recording of "Blues in Thirds" is one of the crown jewels in the entire Sidney Bechet discography, and "Child of a Disordered Brain" is a scintillating solo study in what might be described as neo-stride piano. This exciting collection demonstrates Hines' complicity in the rapid evolution of jazz from its classic period in the '20s through the heyday of big-band swing and the early bop period to the mainstream continuum of the '50s, epitomized here by handsome renderings of "Fine and Dandy" and "Honeysuckle Rose."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/1998
Label: Giants Of Jazz (Ita)
UPC: 0800488311823
catalogNumber: 53118

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earl Hines   Primary Artist,Piano
Eddie Duran   Guitar
Franz Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Budd Johnson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Cozy Cole   Drums
Harry Jackson   Trumpet
Trummy Young   Trombone
McKibbon   Bass
Freddy Webster   Trumpet
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Track Performer
Baby Dodds   Drums
Sidney Bechet   Clarinet,Track Performer
Clifton Best   Guitar
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Wallace Bishop   Drums
Edward Burke   Trombone
Alvin Burroughs   Drums
Shirley Clay   Trumpet
George Dixon   Trumpet,Alto Saxophone
Lawrence Dixon   Guitar
William Franklin   Trombone
Walter Fuller   Trumpet
Benny Harris   Trumpet
J.C. Heard   Drums
Darnell Howard   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
George Hunt   Trombone
Cecil Irwin   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Joe McLewis   Trombone
Jesse Miller   Trumpet
Truck Parham   Bass
William Randall   Tenor Saxophone
Dean Reilly   Bass
Claude Roberts   Banjo
Arvell Shaw   Bass
Omer Simeon   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Bars
Louis Taylor   Trombone
Rudy Taylor   Drums
Earl Watkins   Drums
Quinn Wilson   Bass
Maurice McConnell   Trumpet
Pee Wee Jackson   Trumpet
Earl Hines & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Earl Hines Trio   Track Performer
Hurley Ramey   Guitar
George "Scoops" Carry   Alto Saxophone
Edward Fant   Trombone
Charles "Scoop" Allen   Trumpet
Robert "Sax" Crowder   Tenor Saxophone
John Ewing   Trombone
Tommy Enoch   Trumpet
Leroy Harris   Alto Saxophone
Jim Mundy   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Paul James   Composer
Billy Eckstine   Composer
Mel Powell   Arranger
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Gerald Valentine   Composer
Kay Swift   Composer
Alex Hill   Composer
Walter Melrose   Composer
Ernie Burnett   Composer
George Norton   Composer

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