Earl Hines and Jaki Byard – Duet! (1975/2015) [HighResAudio FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Earl Hines and Jaki Byard – Duet! (1975/2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 38:38 minutes | 694 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Recorded by Paul Goodman (RCA) February 14, 1972, Paris, France

Earl Hines is seen as the “Fatha” of modern jazz piano (see Fatha and His Flock), while Jaki Byard is best known for his play on some of Charles Mingus’ greatest albums. Hines was a major influence on the 15 year younger Byard, one of the reasons Jaki had such a deep-rooted understanding for tradition. Byard’s A-Toodle-Oo, Toodle Oo is a romp with a boogie-woogie beat. Hines’ This Is Always has Earl’s and Jaki’s arpeggios flowing through this lovely ballad. The two offer up a harmonically lush version of the Hines classic, Rosetta, while I Can’t Trust Myself Alone is a Hines solo tour de force. Hines starts off the evergreen Sweet Georgia Brown rubato before the two take off on an up-tempo escapade. As Long As I Live presents a breathtaking battle between friendly giants, and Byard portrays Genoa To Pescara in an impressionistic solo. On La Rosita the two tango, exchanging lead and accompaniment with ease and grace. Two piano giants in an incomparable get-together – this is something to treasure.

Jaki Byard recorded several duo piano dates (one with Tommy Flanagan made for Prestige is unreleased and possibly lost). His meeting with Earl Hines, however, is the most successful one because of the common ground they shared. Byard’s lively boogie-woogie “A-ToodleOo, Toodle-Oo” is a captivating opener, while Hines’ “Rosetta” is quite unusual as the two pianists take their time gradually working their way into this classic piece. The album highlight is “Sweet Georgia Brown,” a true masterpiece of improvisation on a familiar standard by both men. –AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden

1. A Toodle-Do, Toodle-Do 05:51
2. This Is Always 03:26
3. Rosetta 04:49
4. I Can’t Trust Myself Alone 05:15
5. Sweet Georgia Brown 02:53
6. As Long as I Live 05:48
7. Genoa to Pescara 06:15
8. La Rosita 04:17

Earl Hines, piano
Jaki Byard, piano