Earl Hines & Jaki Byard – Duet! (1972)

Earl Hines & Jaki Byard - Duet! (1972)
Artist: Earl Hines & Jaki Byard
Album: Duet!
Genre: Stride, Swing, Piano Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 1972
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
A Toodle-Do, Toodle-Do (5:51)
This Is Always (3:26)
Rosetta (4:50)
I Can’t Trust Myself Alone (5:16)
Sweet Georgia Brown (2:53)
As Long As I Live (5:49)
Genoa To Pescara (6:16)
La Rosita (4:17)


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.
Review by Ken Dryden