Piano Man is the title of a Victor Bluebird record cut on July 12, 1939 by Earl "Fatha" Hines and his Orchestra. Piano Man is also the title of at least four different Earl Hines CD compilations. Living Era's Piano Man! is by far the best of the lot. It works incredibly well as a compact sampler containing 25 of the very best recordings Hines ever made, and as a magnum stash of classic jazz and big-band swing. The pianist is heard solo, leading his own big band and as a vital component in bands led by three legends of New Orleans jazz: Louis Armstrong, Jimmie Noone, and Sidney Bechet. Living Era's Piano Man! is utterly essential -- you just can't get much closer to the heart of the jazz tradition.
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feat: Sidney Bechet