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Earl Hines

Earl Kenneth Hines, also known as Earl "Fatha" Hines (December 28, 1903 – April 22, 1983), was an American jazz pianist and bandleader. He was one of the most influential figures in the development of jazz piano and, according to one source, "one of a small number of pianists whose playing shaped the history of jazz".

The trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (a member of Hines's big band, along with Charlie Parker) wrote, "The piano is the basis of modern harmony. This little guy came out of Chicago, Earl Hines. He changed the style of the piano. You can find the roots of Bud Powell, Herbie Hancock, all the guys who came after that. If it hadn't been for Earl Hines blazing the path for the next generation to come, it's no telling where or how they would be playing now. There were individual variations but the style of ... the modern piano came from Earl Hines."

The pianist Lennie Tristano said, "Earl Hines is the only one of us capable of creating real jazz and real swing when playing all alone." Horace Silver said, "He has a completely unique style. No one can get that sound, no other pianist". Erroll Garner said, "When you talk about greatness, you talk about Art Tatum and Earl Hines".

Count Basie said that Hines was "the greatest piano player in the world".

Birth and Death Data: Born December 28th, 1903 (Duquesne), Died April 22nd, 1983 (Oakland)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1968

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, director, songwriter, composer, leader, vocalist, speaker, celeste

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 194 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-57325 10-in. 10/25/1929 Blue nights Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, director  
Victor BVE-70598 10-in. 3/1/1932 You can depend on me Chicago Hot Five Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-74757 10-in. 12/29/1932 Seré siempre fiel Trini Varela Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-86459 10-in. 12/14/1934 Deep forest Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-88781 10-in. 3/6/1935 Rosetta Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-88782 10-in. 3/6/1935 Rosetta Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-89500 10-in. 4/1/1935 Rosetta Four Towers Orchestra ; Al Graff ; Ray Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-94512 10-in. 8/14/1935 Rosetta Joe Kennedy Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-94517 10-in. 8/14/1935 You can depend on me Joe Kennedy Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-97017 10-in. 9/27/1935 Madhouse Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-100887 10-in. 8/4/1936 You can depend on me Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra ; Dick Vance Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-102766 10-in. 6/21/1936 Madhouse Bob Pope Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-04238 10-in. 1/14/1937 Rosetta Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-027974 10-in. 10/24/1938 Rosetta Three's A Crowd Clarinet, guitar, and piano songwriter  
Victor BS-031460 10-in. 1/13/1939 Rosetta Frankie Newton Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-038255 10-in. 7/12/1939 Indiana Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-038256 10-in. 7/12/1939 G. T. stomp Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-038257 10-in. 7/12/1939 Ridin' and jivin' Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-038258 10-in. 7/12/1939 Grand Terrace shuffle Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-038259 10-in. 7/12/1939 Father steps in Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, songwriter, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-038260 10-in. 7/12/1939 Piano man Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal instrumentalist, piano, director, composer  
Victor BS-040474 10-in. 10/6/1939 Riff medley Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, songwriter, director  
Victor BS-040475 10-in. 10/6/1939 Me and Columbus Earl Hines Orchestra ; Laura Rucker Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, director  
Victor BS-040476 10-in. 10/6/1939 X Y Z Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter, instrumentalist, piano, director  
Victor BS-040477 10-in. 10/6/1939 'Gator swing Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, director  
(Results 26-50 of 194 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hines, Earl," accessed December 3, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103056.

Hines, Earl. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103056.

"Hines, Earl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 3 December 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103056

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