Sunday, June 3, 2012

Earl Hines - Honor Thy Fatha

This CD reissues one of pianist Earl Hines's last recordings, a Direct to Disc album done originally for RealTime and formerly titled Hits I've Missed. Hines (with backup from bassist Red Callender and drummer Bill Douglass) performs nine songs, some of which were more familiar than others. Certainly Hines was well acquainted with Fats Waller's "Squeeze Me" and "Ain't Misbehavin, '" Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" and James P. Johnson's "Old Fashioned Love" but he had never recorded "Misty," Horace Silver's "The Preacher" or "Blue Monk" before. The real wild card track was his rendition of "Birdland," with Red Callender switching to tuba. This interesting CD (well-played but not really essential) adds alternate versions of "Birdland" and "Blue Monk" to the original program. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Artist: Earl "Fatha" Hines
Album: Honor Thy Fatha
Year: 1978
Label: Drive Archive ((1994)
Runtime: 38:25

1.  Birdland (Joe Zawinul)  2:33
2.  Blue Monk (Thelonious Monk)  4:35
3.  Humoresque (Antonin Dvorak)  4:24
4.  Squeeze Me-Ain't Misbehavin' (Harry Brooks/Andy Razaf/Fats Waller/Clarence Williams) 2:54
5.  Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington/Irving Mills/Mitchell Parish) 4:13
6.  Old Fashioned Love (James Johnson/Cecil Mack)  4:36
7.  Misty (Erroll Garner)  3:51
8.  The Preacher (Horace Silver)  4:07
9.  Birdland (Alt. - Take 3) 2:29
10.  Blue Monk (Alt. - Take 3) 4:39

Earl Hines (Piano)
Red Callender (Double Bass)
Bill Douglas (Drums)



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