Earl Hines

Earl's Backroom and Cozy's Caravan

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This LP of material originally recorded by Stanley Dance in 1958 features quite a few obscure -- but talented -- players. On half of the program, the Earl Hines Quartet showcases the great pianist (who was in a long period of critical neglect) and the forgotten tenor and baritonist Curtis Lowe. The other session has drummer Cozy Cole leading a group of complete unknowns: trumpeter Lou Jones, Phatz Morris on the unusual double of trombone and harmonica, tenor saxophonist Boe McCain, pianist June Cole, guitarist Dicky Thompson and bassist Pete Compo. They come up with interesting ideas on a blues, "Caravan" and "Margie."

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