Earl Hines: Plays George Gershwin

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Catalog: CJ31
Format: CD

Earl Hines

1 Rhapsody in Blue/A Foggy Day - 9:03 2 Love Is Here to Stay - 4:31 3 They All Laughed - 4:10 4 Somebody Loves Me - 7:12 5 Embraceable You - 10:32 6 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off - 5:58 7 They Can't Take That Away from Me - 11:40 8 Love Walked In - 7:55 9 Summertime/Rhapsody in Blue - 9:16

This excellent two-LP set features the great pianist Earl Hines interpreting ten of George Gershwin's compositions. Highlights of this solo piano session include extensive explorations of "Embraceable You" and "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (both are over ten minutes) and more concise readings of "They All Laughed" and "Love Walked In." Hines recorded so many rewarding records throughout his productive career that what would be considered "best" for some is merely "good" for him. This set is worth picking up, if it can still be found. [Classic Jazz issued their nine-track edition in 2009.] ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

Price: $19.98