Earl Hines / Earl Hines & His Orchestra

Harlem Lament

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This excellent LP (which unaccountably leaves out the recording dates of its 16 selections) features the best recordings by Earl Hines's Orchestra during 1932-34 (prior to signing with Decca) and 1937-38. Highlights include the initial version of "Rosetta," asuch Jimmy Mundy charts as "Cavernism" and "Madhouse," a small-group romp on "Honeysuckle Rose" and early examples of Ray Nance's trumpet on the later tracks. Throughout, the music consistently swings hard and the leader's brilliant piano is a constant joy.

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