Earl 'Fatha' Hines: master of improvisation

Earl "Fatha" Hines from Mark Bunker on Vimeo.

" Hines was a professional piano player before the word 'jazz' was even invented. At 70 he has now outlived all the great names he played with. Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington.

The thing that Hines has always been supremely good at is improvising. Taking a tune, and changing it and reworking it and rebuilding it as he plays, so that it comes out quite different each time.

Earl 'Fatha' Hines - one of the true greats in jazz improvisation
Earl 'Fatha' Hines - one of the true greats of jazz improvisation.

What Hines enjoys is the excitement, the bravery, the risk of jumping headfirst into a tune, and then, in public, having to work his way out again. "

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