Earl Hines:The Most Influential Jazz Pianist. Ever!
Schools need teachers. Traditions require rules. Movements need leaders — someone has to first say, “Follow me. Here’s how it’s done.”
There are only a few names in jazz we can count among those teachers. The true originals. One the most important is Earl Hines. And in our new Mosaic Records Limited Edition 7 CD Box Set, you will find his rules.
For the first time ever, you can own a set that brings together his important work as a leader and soloist spanning 1928 to 1945. This unprecedented collection draws from all the important labels that recorded him — OKeh, Victor, Brunswick, Vocalion, Bluebird and Signature. And to our delight, as we combed through the vault at Sony where all these masters now reside, we discovered 11 tracks that have never appeared anywhere.
Not only do the songs reveal how strikingly new his concept was when he first burst on the scene, but how it developed across his solo work, with duos and trios, small combos, and his big band.
-Alan Goodman, Mosaic Records Brochure