Pamela Hines Trio debut’s on the Jazzweek Chart at #28 and is on the most added list for Jazzweek two weeks in a row.
Return, recorded in 2007 for a January of 2008 release, features Pamela Hines shining in her most stellar offering to date, a combination of well placed standards among the outstanding Hines compositions highlighted by premier Boston musicians, whose friendship and chemistry clearly illuminate this recording., Hines (piano), John Lockwood (bass), Bob Gullotti (drums), and special guest Jerry Bergonzi (sax). Articulation of the jazz language is instantly evident from the first notes.
Hines ability to transition between modern and traditional harmonies, rhythms and flavors clearly defines her as a multi-faceted, well-rounded pianist and composer. A trait difficult to find in today’s industry. Hines prowess on the ivories is exhibited in full view on Return. The ability to create a sensitive and heart wrenching ballad and then switch gears to showcase multi-tiered dexterity within burning lines of arpeggios further resonate Hines as a multi-talented pianist and composer. A full tilt, full throttle artist in all rights.
Bassist, John Lockwood who has toured the U.S. and Europe with Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, the Mel Lewis Big Band, and The Fringe, has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, MIT Symphony, Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Toots Thielemans, Stan Getz, and Art Farmer. Lockwood a long time collaborator with Hines creates the solid foundation of deep swinging lines that compliment and glue the group in a harmonious and adventurous journey into improvisation.
Drummer, Bob Gullotti has performed with J.J. Johnson, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Attila Zoller, and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and has over 30 recordings to his credit. Gullotti is a master of the skins; you can hear his kit sing as he interacts and ads to each composition with textures, colors and complexities. Gullotti’s ability to create multiple rhythm textures at one time is exemplified in Hines composition "Very."
Special guest artist saxophonist, Jerry Bergonzi is an International tenor sax man extraordinaire Michael Brecker was once asked if he still practiced daily. His answer was "As long as Jerry Bergonzi is around, no tenor player can rest on his laurels." For those in the know, this is the supreme compliment. From his early days with Dave Brubeck, Jerry has been known as the standard by which other tenor players are judged. Bergonzi adds his definitive sound to two of Hines’ originals, the poignant title cut "Return" and "Very," both harmonically complex and rich with inner-voicing which Bergonzi effortlessly weaves through.
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