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Piano Lessons: Hines, Monk, Taylor

Posted in Cecil Taylor, clips, Earl Hines, jazz, Thelonious Monk with tags , , , , , , on November 17, 2012 by crownpropeller

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.


An Earl Hines record from Agadir

Posted in 33 rpm, Earl Hines, jazz with tags , , , , , on May 9, 2012 by crownpropeller

When ever I enter a record shop the first thing I do, is to look if they might have any 10 inch LPs on the french labels Vogue and Swing. I simply love their charming design, especially if the covers were drawn by french artist Pierre Merlin. As a rule, the more “traditional” the music is on a given Vogue or Swing 10 inch LP (i.e. Sidney Bechet – obviously a good seller – or Willie “The Lion” Smith), the cheaper it will be. The more “modern”, the more you have to pay (like for Clifford Brown or James Moody).  A good overlook of Vogue record’s repertoire can be found here: And a nice collection of Pierre Merlin covers can be found here:

Now two weeks ago on my monthly trip to the local record stores I happened to find this beauty – which was really just a little too expensive for my budget.

Nonetheless I decided to pull the record from it’s sleeve to check its condition when I saw this seal on the label of  Side 1 – my decision was made:

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More of the Great Earl Hines

Posted in clips, Earl Hines with tags , , , , on February 1, 2011 by crownpropeller

Just found some more Earl Hines clips in the archives. They were filmed at the Jazz Festival in Antibes, France on july 20 1979. The first one has Hines playing a medley

The second is Hines’ Interpretation of “I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me”

followed by his “New Boogie Woogie On St. Louis Blues”.


If you have not seen the other Earl Hines clips, they are here.

The Great Earl Hines

Posted in clips, Earl Hines, Heywood Henry with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2011 by crownpropeller

Here are two nice videos by Earl Hines’ band. The first comes from a concert at the Wolf Trap Park Jazz Festival in Virginia, 1976: Continue reading