EARL HINES
             Once Upon a Time

               Recording Date:
                  January 10, 1966 tk 1,4
                  January 11, 1966 tk 2-3,5-7

                  Earl Hines        P             
                  Richard Davis   B
                  Elvin Jones       D tk2
                  Sonny Greer      D tk 1 
                  Cat Anderson    TP
                  Ray Nance         TP
                  Bill Berry           TP
                  Clark Terry        TP
                  Lawrence Brown TB
                  Buster Cooper    TB

Jimmy Hamilton  CL,TS
Johnny Hodges    AS
Russell Procope   AS
Harold Ashby      TS
Paul Gonsalves   TS


Review by Scott Yanow

For reasons that are unclear, this LP reissue of an Impulse set drops one of the seven songs ("Black and Tan Fantasy") from the program, reducing the playing time down to a mere 29 minutes. But if one finds this LP at a budget price, it is worth picking up, for the great pianist Earl Hines is featured on three selections with many of the members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra (including on the exciting "Once Upon a Time" and "Cotton Tail"), in a quartet featuring Jimmy Hamilton and with a nonet that also includes clarinetist Pee Wee Russell along with some Ellingtonians. Great music, lousy packaging.

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