2/3/17

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines played with Louis Armstrong and Jimmie Noone in 1927–1928 before he formed his own big band, which held residency at the Grand Terrace in Chicago for twelve years. Given that Hines was a popular national radio star who broadcast daily for several years, it is surprising that so few radio recordings have survived. The Jazz Panorama LP featured here contains 11 brief songs from an evening at the Grand Terrace in August, 1938. (The entire broadcast is available on YouTube, but in quite poor quality.)

Here I offer you the last four songs of the broadcast, starting with the original composition 'Bambino'. This is followed by Hines's cover version of the recent Webb/Fitzgerald hit, 'A-Tisket, A-Tasket', marred by some rather weak singing by Katherine Perry. 'St. Louis Blues' conjures up a nice groove before the show ends with one of Hines's own songs, 'Cavernism', taken at a much slower tempo than the studio recordings of the same song.

Discographical data from The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord:

Earl Hines and His Orchestra: Harry "Pee Wee" Jackson, Freddy Webster, Ray Nance (tp) George Dixon (tp,as) John Ewing, Joe McLewis, George Hunt (tb) Budd Johnson, Leroy Harris (as) Julian Draper, Willie Randall (ts) Earl Hines (p) Hurley Ramey (g) Quinn Wilson (b) Oliver Coleman (d) Katherine Perry (vcl)

"The New Grand Terrace Cafe", Chicago, August 3, 1938
    Bambino                          
    A-Tisket, A-Tasket (kp,ens vcl)                          
    St. Louis Blues                        
    Cavernism (closing)

LP source: Earl Hines – His Piano 1928, His Orchestra 1938 (Jazz Panorama JPLP 19)


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