Blues & Things

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1 Exactly Like You 03:52 $1.49 Buy
2 Lousiana 06:55 $1.49 Buy
3 Am I Blue 05:29 $1.49 Buy
4 Summertime 05:52 $1.49 Buy
5 Changin' The Blues 03:44 $1.49 Buy
6 Save It Pretty Mama If It'S True 04:12 $1.49 Buy
7 Please Don'T Talk About Me When I'm Gone 04:55 $1.49 Buy
8 One Night In Trinidad 04:56 $1.49 Buy
9 St. Louis Blues 04:44 $1.49 Buy

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Several live dates preceded the recording session with the felicitous result that the band was in splendid form for the sessions. Hines's special affinity for singers - he helped launch Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughn, and Johnny Hartmann - made for a relaxed and swinging session that epitomizes small group jazz at its absolute best. Hines is a sensitive and spare accompanist throughout, reserving his flashing flights of fancy for his solos. Rushing appears on four of the nine tunes, "Exactly Like You," "Am I Blue" (one of his staples), "Save It Pretty Mama," and the venerable "St. Louis Blues." His trademark bell-like enunciation of the lyrics and supple phrasing, delivered in his burnished, blues-drenched tenor, are everywhere evident. The other five tunes featuring the Hines Quartet are a showcase for their invention, versatility, and musicianship. "Summertime" is a tour de force, featuring Budd Johnson on soprano sax - a dramatic performance of blinding intensity and colorful contrasts - a fitting tribute to Bechet. Another highlight is "Changin' The Blues," spontaneously conceived between a couple of Rushing numbers to give his pipes a rest. It is an excellent example of how imaginatively Hines can refashion the blues. All in all, a cornucopia of delights for fans of both artists and lovers of swinging jazz!

"...a splendid encounter....Hines always liked to minimize his abilities as a blues player, but this is just one of his several blues masterpieces..."