Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pamela Hines "3.2.1." Pre-Release CD Review

Pamela Hines

If you are a fan of superb Jazz piano, especially when it's part of a great Jazz trio, then a new CD from Pamela Hines, is made just for you.  This is my first experience hearing Pamela Hines and I became a fan after the first time I listened to the 9 cuts on her new CD, " 3.2.1.".  In my opinion, the quickest way to determine the talent of any Jazz musician is to listen to how the musician approaches the great standards. On this CD, Pamela presents the listener with truly inspiring renditions of three classic gems.  The first two are ballads that never seem to get old, "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" and "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry". Pamela approaches both of these great songs with emotion and understanding and her performance is marvelous by any Jazz measure. The third standard is an up tempo version of "East Of The Sun" that is fresh and exciting.
To balance these standards, Pamela chose several Bill Evans compositions that would test the ability of most piano players. The first cut is "34 Skidoo" that Evans has lots of fun with by changing the time signature throughout the song. The other two Evans compositions were "B Minor Waltz" and "Loose Blues".

Pamela Hines has been very busy in the last three decades performing in clubs, concerts and festivals in New York, Boston and nationally.  She is a Jazz treasure, and I look forward to hearing lots more from her.  Pamela is joined on this CD by two wonderfully talented musicians, David Clark on Bass and Yoron Israel on Drums.  This CD will be released on January 15, 2013.

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