Earl Kenneth Hines (Dec. 28, 1905 – Apr. 23, 1983) was one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time.
In the 1920s, when nearly every fluent jazz pianist played a steady stride with his or her left hand (keeping a steady rhythm by “striding” back and forth between bass notes and chords), Hines had the world’s trickiest left hand.
He would play against time, sometimes just implying the rhythm and frequently playing out of tempo and suspending time but never losing the beat.
His speedy right hand (which sometimes played octaves in a “trumpet style” so his notes would ring over his orchestra) was on the same level, and Hines was considered the first “modern” jazz pianist.
Of greatest relevance to the Swing era, for 19 years (1928-47) Hines led one of the finest big bands based outside of New York.
Source: Swing : Third Ear – The Essential Listening Companion by Scott Yanow
Ridin’ And Jivin’
The song begins with a staccato feeling before it gets smoother. The solo instruments (the trumpet played with a plunger) also change between smooth-stretchy and staccato sounds. Some nice dissonances are filled in: around 1:30 minutes in the solo and from 2:00 minutes by the backing.
A great song with a variety of possibilities to play with as a dancer!
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