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 51-75 of 194 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-040478||10-in.||10/6/1939||After all I've been to you||Earl Hines Orchestra ; Walter Fuller||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, piano, director|
|Victor||BS-040479||10-in.||10/6/1939||Lightly and politely||Earl Hines Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano, director|
|Victor||BS-040480||10-in.||10/6/1939||Rosetta||Earl Hines Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with piano solo||songwriter, instrumentalist, piano, director|
|Victor||BS-047056||10-in.||2/13/1940||Deep forest||Earl Hines Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer, director, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-051521||10-in.||6/19/1940||Wait 'till it happens to you||Earl Hines Orchestra ; Billy Eckstine||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-051522||10-in.||6/19/1940||Call me happy||Earl Hines Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-051523||10-in.||6/19/1940||Ann||Earl Hines Orchestra ; Billy Eckstine||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|Victor||BS-051524||10-in.||6/19/1940||Topsy-turvy||Earl Hines Orchestra ; Walter Fuller||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-051525||10-in.||6/19/1940||Blue because of you||Earl Hines Orchestra ; Leroy Harris||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-051526||10-in.||6/19/1940||You can depend on me||Earl Hines Orchestra ; Walter Fuller||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|Victor||BS-051527||10-in.||6/19/1940||Tantalizing a Cuban||Earl Hines Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director, composer, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-053431||10-in.||9/6/1940||Blues in thirds||New Orleans Feetwarmers||Jazz/dance trio||composer, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-053432||10-in.||9/6/1940||Blues for you, Johnny||Sidney Bechet ; Herb Jeffries ; New Orleans Feetwarmers||Jazz/dance quintet with male vocal solo (take 2: no vocal)||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-053433||10-in.||9/6/1940||Ain't misbehavin'||Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers||Jazz/dance quintet||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-053434||10-in.||9/6/1940||Save it, pretty mama||Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers||Jazz/dance quintet||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-053435||10-in.||9/6/1940||Stompy Jones||Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers||Jazz/dance quintet||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-060677||10-in.||2/20/1941||You can depend on me||Bea Wain||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-063333||10-in.||4/3/1941||On the sunny side of the street||Earl Hines||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-063334||10-in.||4/3/1941||My melancholy baby||Earl Hines||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-064670||10-in.||8/5/1941||You can depend on me||Art Jarrett Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W142502||10-in.||7/27/1926||Mandy||Kathryn Perry||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||W142503||10-in.||7/27/1926||Sadie Green||Kathryn Perry||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||W152057||10-in.||11/5/1931||You can depend on me||Louis Armstrong Orchestra||Dubbed recording : Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W152754||10-in.||5/22/1934||Rosetta||Teddy Wilson||Piano solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||W80851||10-in.||5/9/1927||Chicago breakdown||Louis Armstrong ; Earl Hines ; Hot Seven||Jazz/dance ensemble||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hines, Earl," accessed November 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103056.
Hines, Earl. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103056.
"Hines, Earl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 November 2020.
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