Earl Hines – Blues In Thirds (1966)

FrontCover1.JPGEarl 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.”

EarlHines01The 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”. (by wikipedia)

And here´s one of his countless solo – albums, only the man and his piano.

And if you listen to this album, you may know why his unique playing style made him one of the most influential musicians in jazz history.

Recorded at Pye Studios, London, April 20, 1965

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Personnel:
Earl Hines (piano, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Tea For Two (Caesar/Youmans) 6.22
02. Velvet Moon (De Lange/Myrow) 5.47
03. Blues After Midnight (Hines) 6.34
04. Shiny Stockings (Foster) 4.16
05. Blues In Thirds (Hines) 5.29
06. When I Dream Of You (Hines/Carpenter) 6.28
07. Sweet Lorraine (Burwell/Parish) 5.58
08. Stanley’s Dance (Clayton) 3.36

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Earl Hines (December 28, 1903 – April 22, 1983)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – New Years Eve Concert Santa Monica (1978)

FrontCover1.jpgThomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He previously led the band Mudcrutch, and was also a member of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Petty died at the age of 66, of an accidental overuse of prescription drugs, one week after the completion of the Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour. (by wikipedia)

In 1978 Petty and the Heartbreakers were riding a huge wave of success brought on by their first two albums and were about to blow up the next year after the release of Damn The Torpedos. The band celebrated the end of 1978 and the beginning of 1979 with a three-show New Year’s run that culminated on the 31st at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA. Just one day earlier the Heartbreakers were the second-to-last band to headline the famous Winterland in San Francisco before the Grateful Dead closed out the historic venue on New Year’s Eve.

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Petty’s performance in Santa Monica, which is real close to the group’s adopted hometown of Los Angeles, was stuffed with the best songs off the Heartbreakers’ first two albums and provides an incredible snapshot of just where the group was at that moment in time.

The show was filmed for a television broadcast, which never happened, and an hour’s worth of pro-shot footage was finally released a few years back. In addition to the many tunes from 1976’s Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and 1978’s You’re Gonna Get It! performed in Santa Monica are an early version of “Refugee” laid down before the band recorded the song in the studio and a celebratory cover of The Isley Brothers’ “Shout” just after the start of 1979. (by Scott Bernstein)

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Personnel:
Ron Blair (bass)
Mike Campbell (guitar)
Tom Petty (vocals, guitar)
Stan Lynch (drums)
Benmont Tench (keyboards)

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Tracklist:
01. Intro + I Need To Know (Petty) 2.53
02. Surrender (Petty) 2.52
03. Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It) (Petty) 6.11
04. Casa Dega (Campbell/Petty) 5.34
05. Refugee (Campbell/Petty) 3.52
06. You’re Gonna Get It (Petty) 4.19
07. Mystery Man (Petty) 3.19
08. American Girl (Petty) 4.21
09. Breakdown (Petty) 6.56
10. Too Much Ain’t Enough (Petty) 4.43
11. Shout (D,Isley/Rudolph Isley/Ronald Isley) 8.47
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12. Uncut edition (including New Year’s announcement) 56.19

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and here´s the video of this show:

 

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