Piano Lessons: Hines, Monk, Taylor
As I keep on digitizing all of Otto Flückiger’s old VHS cassettes, I recently found some rare clips, which show some of my favourite piano players. I can really add nothing relevant to what has already been written about these masters. So let’s turn to the lessons they have to teach us right away.
First up is Earl Hines, captured in concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 2nd 1974 (parts of this concert were released on LP and CD as “West Side Story”).
Clip number two gives you nearly twenty minutes of the Thelonious Monk Quartet in Bussum, Netherlands on April 15 1961.Thelonious Monk,Charlie Rouse, John Ore and Frankie Dunlop are playing “Nutty”, “Bemsha Swing”, “Crepuscule With Nellie” and “I Mean You”. Parts of this video have been on (and still are) on youtube. But that is only a part of everything that was broadcast and it is vary faded and greenish. This version is reddish instead – but much clearer. Unfortunately there are two longer gaps in this video, I accidentally left them in. Also Monk is starting to play “Epistrophy” before “Crepuscule …” This footage is missing on the VHS cassette I have here.
The third and final clip was filmed on the same day and in the same location as the Hines track, Montreux July 2 1974 that is. Parts of this concert by piano master Cecil Taylor were released on te LP and Cd under the title “Silent Tongues”. I can not tell you if the music from the LP is in this clip, since I do not have it at hand.