CD Rreview: Pamela Hines Trio - Moon Germs
Pamela Hines great technique and intuitive playing shows from the first track, Arlen classic Let's fall in love. Hines plays nicely with the melodies and rhythms in a kind of bebop version.
Pamela Hines is also a great composer and most of the compositions on this albums are Hines originals. Itchy is a good example of Hines compositional talent, with interesting, constant tempo changes between Bebop and a more funky groove.
Variations on invitation is another interesting Hines original with piano playing reminiscent harmonically and in the use of spaceto the master Thelonious Monk.
Hines is just as good playing ballads like Mercer Fool rush in and Pamela own Lavender and Complications. Her piano style in these slow pieces is more minimalist, making every note count.
In moon germs the CD tittle track Hines shows her versitality in a almost avantgarde arrangement.
In Christopher Street there is a touch of Bossa and the whole band swing hard on Bill Evans Show Type Tune and in Hines Zonegar.
Pamela Hines (piano), John Lockwood (bass), Bob Gulloti (drums), Greg Dudzienski (tenor sax), Darren Barrett (trumpet)
Let's fall inlove, Itchy, Fools rush in, Moon germs, Lavender, Complications, Variations on invitation, Show type tune, Zonegar, Christopher Street