Earl "Fatha" Hines: Cavernism
Earl Hines (piano)
That's A Plenty (Membran Ltd. Quadromania series)
Charlie Allen, George Dixon, Walter Fuller (trumpet); Louis Taylor, William Franklin (trombones), Darnell Howard (clarinet, alto sax, violin), Cecil Irwin (clarinet, tenor sax), Lawrence Dixon (guitar), Quinn Wilson (bass, tuba), Wallace Bishop (drums).
Composed by Earl Hines & Jimmy Mundy. Arranged by Jimmy Mundy.
Recorded: New York, February 13, 1933
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Anyone who thinks Benny Goodman launched the Swing Era from the Palomar Ballroom in 1935 should explore "Cavernism," which has all the accoutrements: lively rhythm, precise section work from the horns, ebullient solos (dig especially Darnell Howard's violin!), an adroit chart from Jimmy Mundy, and the star power of an indisputable jazz giant, pianist Earl Hines. Perhaps the Swing Era as a pop phenomenon began in 1935, but "Cavernism" proves the music was around and raring to go years before. Caveat: audio quality is cavernous.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz