Earl Hines & Jonah Jones: Pennies from Heaven
Pennies from Heaven
Back on the Street (Chiaroscuro 118)
Jerome Darr (guitar), John Brown (bass).
Composed by Arthur Johnston and Johnny Burke.
Recorded: New York, March 26, 1973
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
The late career resurgence of pianist Earl Hines is one of the great stories of jazz. In his early 60s, Hines gave a series of recitals at the Little Theater in New York that brought him back into the limelight. Even as a young man, Earl had gone by the nickname 'Fatha' -- but by the time of this session (which took place a few months before his 70th birthday) he was old enough to be Great-Grand-Fatha Hines. He still shakes it up during his piano solo, tossing off those peculiar bursts of musical arrhythmia, characteristic of his work, that seem to defy the gravity of the ground beat. For a brief spell, this performance threatens to get down and dirty, but Tate (on clarinet here) and Jones seem content to toss out easygoing Dixieland licks. For my taste, I prefer my late vintage Hines without horns. Even so, there are some fine moments on this track.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
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