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Littleton, Massachusetts, USA

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Manchester, New Hampshire, USA

Manchester, New Hampshire, USA

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Littelton, Massachusetts, USA

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Return, features Pamela Hines leading a stellar trio with special guest Jerry Bergonzi on tenor saxophone. Hines shines no matter what the setting she is put in, but this instrumental release certainly puts her in the driver’s seat and exhibits Pamela's true talent as a pianist.

A multi-faceted pianist is not an easy task to locate in today's jazz scene. Many pianists today have moved into a realm of groove oriented jazz, with no traces of swing anywhere to be found. Hines exemplifies the term well-rounded creating a pocket for the players to lay into with a deep sense of swing and driving force. Her ability to cover all styles of jazz clearly and with astounding technique comes through on her latest offering, proving once and for all that Hines is a seasoned composer, pianist and contributor to the jazz genre.

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, lays the foundation for the trio to build upon. Not only does Lockwood clearly define the rhythmic vocabulary of this release, but he also exhibits the abilities to create texture between each cut, truly complimenting Hines' originals and original arrangements of well placed standards. 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 creates multi-layers and multi-textured colors within this Hines outing. The interaction between Hines, Lockwood and Gulloti should be the measure that all jazz releases should be measured by.

Special guest artist saxophonist, Jerry Bergonzi is the spicy sprinkle added to two Hines originals "Very" and "Return." Bergonzi's impeccable rhythm and poignant note choices ring true as each step is taken in these highly enjoyable compositions. 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.

Return is a mixture of driving hard core energy, soft inner reflections and heart-rending compositions. Hines truly exemplifies the epitome of jazz with this release and clearly defines herself as a solid member of the next generation of greats.

- Jazz Sensibilities


About this title: On her sixth album, pianist Pamela Hines comes back with a mix of original compositions and classic pieces. She's got a very strong piano style, with elements of Bill Evans coming through in a number of places. Her sensitivity to the song is foremost, above any overwrought soloing, though her soloing comes as a well-crafted surprise as well. The band provides excellent backing for her to work off of, holding themselves to the background when she's in the throes of a good passage but coming to the fore when called for as well. Hines' ability to move between emotive, pensive downtempo pieces and bouncing, jumping uptempo pieces is worth hearing for those who have already become fans of Hines and newcomers looking for a classic touch on the keys alike. Return might not be the most descriptive title, only in that it implies she's been gone. This album posts notice otherwise. Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide - All Music Guide


A young pianist with plenty of potential, Pamela Hines studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and made her recording debut on this CD. She performs five originals (four of her own) and two Miles Davis songs. Her modern mainstream quintet is excellent (trumpeter Darren Barrett and tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart play many concise and meaningful solos) and various selections feature the full group, her trio and, on "Solar," Hines as a piano soloist. The originals are generally complex...with tricky chord changes and rhythms; "Ice Intro" is in 5/4. Some of the music is introspective (including a duet with bassist David Hines on "Nardis") and even the more cooking performances are thoughtful. With any luck, Pamela Hines should have an important career in jazz. This is an impressive start. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide - All Music Guide


Pianist and composer Pamela Hines strikes a balance between the traditional and the avant garde on her first album, which is no mean feat...George Russell... influenced her writing, but her pieces and the group's airy, pensive performances are reminiscent of Miles Davis' quintet with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. Hines also summons up thoughts of Debussy, Ravel and pianist Bill Evans. Schwatrz-Bart plays lyrically and poserfully in the John Coltrane-Shorter tradition. And Moses is one of the more subtle, sensitive drummers around.
- The Boston Herald


(Twilight World) is the fourth album by mainstream
pianist, Pamela Hines. Emerging from the Boston
Conservatory as a student of George Russell,
among others, Hines’ music is harmonically
advanced and rhythmically compelling, while
working within the language of mainstream Jazz.
(3) is her second release on the Katya label.
Whereas “Jazz Meditations” was, in Hines’ own
phrase, “based on the improvisational concepts of
Paul Bley” (concepts that critic Harvey Pekar
understandably likens to Claude Debussy and to
Bill Evans), this album is more muscularly outside.
The dueling tenors of Jerry Bergonzi and Miles
Donahue on tracks 2 and 5 rocket the music
straight ahead.
Bergonzi’s influence is audible through the
record, not just on the four tunes he contributes to
the set. One of his compositions, “Con Brio,” also
exemplifies another thread that Hines weaves
through the album—a Cuban or Latin thread (c.f.
tracks 1, 6, 8-9). These tracks allow Hines to
explore further colors and rhythmic patterns, and
she makes much of the opportunities. All of these
things show us an artist looking for new problems
to explore and solve. I’m less enthusiastic about
April Hall’s cabaret-like vocal on Hines’ original,
“Traces.” To my ears this number sounds like a stray
wandered in from some other recording session.
It’s not the presence of a vocal—I’ve a huge fond-ness
for Jazz vocals—but I have to admit an inabil-ity
to enjoy a voice so free of shadows as Hall’s. On
her own terms, Hall delivers a skilled performance,
and it may simply be that I’m not hearing how it
connects with what I take to be Hines’ aesthetic.
Coming as it does right after the explosive and
sometimes honking playing of Bergonzi and
Donahue, this vocal simply sounds, well, tame. But
that’s just it: much of what I enjoy about this record
comes from Hines being ably to draw energy from
heterogeneous materials, and in this case I can’t
hear the connection. That reservation aside, (3)
presents an artist still challenging herself, and for
the most part transforming artistic challenges into
enjoyable Jazz. Hines is the real deal, and although
I’ve no doubt we can expect still greater things
from her in future, why wait? This record is lots of
fun, energetic and full of life.
- Cadence Magazine


When I reviewed Massachusetts pianist Pamela Hines’ 2004 small-group CD Twilight World, I criticized Hines for not showing enough of herself on the recording and letting her fellow players overwhelm the proceedings. “There simply isn’t enough of the group’s alleged leader,” I wrote. “Let’s hope that next time Pamela Hines steps forward in a more egotistical musical context where she hedges no bets and either succeeds or fails, in full view.”


There was no “next time” about it, however. Hines must have cringed when she read the above words, because the truth of the matter is that she released two albums in 2004, more or less simultaneously: the aforementioned group session and Jazz Meditations. On this latter disc, Hines’ only collaborator is a particularly fine-sounding Steinway Grand on which she plays a fifty-minute recital of two long “Meditations” and two “Variations” upon familiar material (“My Shining Hour” and “Detour Ahead”).


Hines’ playing has a clean, brisk attack and a conservatory finish; in this austere solo context, she shines. “Meditation #1” is the shorter of the two “Meditations,” but its 14 minutes allow the pianist plenty of time to explore a minimal theme—one assumes a great deal of this is improvised, but there’s a smoothness to these performances that make it difficult to declare where improvisation begins and ends—and demonstrate her interesting harmonies. It’s only her harmonies, really, that make this piece “jazz”; neither this performance nor the longer “Meditation #2” is in any sort of jazz tempo.


At 22 minutes, “Meditations #2” is the longest number on the CD. Hines manages to keep it interesting; she builds the piece slowly, piece by pianistic piece, until her right-hand arpeggios begin to build against her minimal left-handed figures. There’s an eerieness to her harmonies that at times strongly suggests Debussy, and it is these harmonies that keep this music from being as blandly contemplative as, say, George Winston. Once again, it’s hard to know for certain what is through-composed and what is improvised. Around the twelve-minute point Hines plays her way briefly into Keith Jarrett territory, all open eyes and sunlight on haystacks—then moves on into another lattice of arpeggios.


“Variations on My Shining Hour” and “Variations on Detour Ahead” are shorter tracks. On these, Hines uses these familiar themes (“Detour Ahead,” of course, being associated with Bill Evans), as points of reference for her own musical explorations. “Variations on My Shining Hour” drifts in and out of a subtle but palpable tempo; it swings, then it doesn’t, and that gives it a tang of tension. Hines’ fingers tease out the familiar phrase of “Detour Ahead” like it’s made of glass and will shatter under too much scrutiny; this strange caution makes this “Variation” one of the most winning looks at Bill Evans in some time.


Jazz Meditations is a very good CD. I now wonder what Hines would sound like in another small-group jazz setting, specifically a piano trio—or did she, once again, already make that album?








- All ABout Jazz Magazine


Beatles tunes are showing up fairly often on jazz discs these days. On The Fred Hersch Trio + 2 (Palmetto, 2004), the pianist/leader included an early Fab Four hit, “And I Love Her”; Brad Mehldau's Day is Done (Nonesuch, 2005) immersed his trio in “Martha My Dear” and “She's Leaving Home.”

And now Boston-based pianist Pamela Hines opens Drop 2 with a seven-plus minute take on “I Will,” a lovely McCartney ballad. In hindsight, the tune seems a bit overlooked, lost in the big shuffle of the “White Album,” The Beatles (Capitol Records, '69), the group's great two-record set. The melody is so simple and pure and pretty, and Hines and her trio with drummer Bob Guilotti and bassist John Lockwood treat it with respect, applying delicate understatement to the original before they go jazz exploring, without losing sight of the original melodic path.


The trio picks up the tempo on the Van Heusen/Burke standard “It Could Happen to You,” with an insistent rhythm behind Hines' lively keyboard. And if the opener is a highlight, the Hines-penned title tune, a gorgeously dark-toned, inward-looking ballad, gives it some competition.


In a reprise of Hines' offering from last year, Hall Sings Hines, the pianist invites vocalist April Hall into the studio to sing two of her (Hines') songs, “Golden Romance” and “Green Line.” A superb melodist, Hines also pens a memorable lyric on these two tunes, which sound like American Songbook classics.


The set is filled out nicely with standards: “East of the Sun,” “The Boy Next Door,” and the Rogers and Hart gem, “This Can't Be Love,” which closes the show on a bright, jaunty romp.

- All About Jazz


Reviews- Drop 2
The sixth album from Boston-based pianist Pamela Hines, Drop 2, is a solid piano trio session with two originals voiced by singer April Hall. Pamela Hines is a 1998 graduate from the New England Conservatory with a Masters in music. In addition to her previous recordings, Hines was also featured on Marian McPartland's NPR Piano Jazz series in 2000. While her previous albums have included horns, this new effort is essentially a piano trio project.
Hines begins the album with a version of the Lennon/McCartney song of optimism, “I Will.” Previous covers of this song have proven that it is transferable to the style of Ben Taylor as a love song; bluegrass fiddler/vocalist Alison Krauss imbued the song with a similar feeling of hope through per her vocals and instrumental work, in a way that the Beatles' original version does. What this trio accomplishes is something different indeed...
With a brisk bit of activity at the drum kit, Bob Guilotti starts off an uptempo version of the Jimmy Van Heusen standard “It Could Happen To You.” ...On Hugh Martin's standard “The Boy Next Door,” Hines leads the trio on a meaningful ballad treatment. Bassist John Lockwood, who gets several solo opportunities, provides an insightful one on this track.. The title tune affords a fine opportunity for Hines to show the lyrical side of her playing, and the closing uptempo take on Rodgers and Hart's ”This Can't Be Love” provides a spirited conclusion.-Michael Gladstone, All About Jazz


- AAJ




A musician of high caliber, Pamela Hines will be one of the greats
Reviewer: John Book, Music For America (click for website)
Pamela Hines was influenced by George Russell, and after hearing her play, you can tell why. The album opens up with an 8-minute rendition of The Beatles' "I Will". Beatles freaks might be scratching their head going "wait a minute, that song is around two minutes, how does she stretch it to the 8 minute mark?" Very well, thank you, and it's a song that shows how she adds her own perspective and vocabulary to the White Album track, by turning it into a rainy morning ballad. Bassist John Lockwood eventually walks in with a solo and one can almost imagine the two speaking to each other, musically, hoping the rain never ends as they say to each other "if you want me to, I will". I'm not a Beatles purist by any means (at least not all the time), and this is one of the best Beatles covers I've ever heard, jazz or otherwise. The tempo is turned up considerably for "It Could Happen To You", the old standard from And The Angels Sing, where Hines, Lockwood, and drummer Guilotti play that thing until it can't be played, making it swing until the listener is in a deep sweat. "East Of the Sun" has a nice bossa nova groove that also suits Hines very well, going along the way in a Dave Brubeck-like manner while Lockwood and Guilotti become the motor of a powerful car. The narrative between Lockwood and Guilotti in the second half of "East Of The Sun" makes one wish they did this for another minute or so, as it sounds as if they know mama's out of the house, so they have some time to turn the house around. The song fades out eventually, but it would have worked if the recording ended naturally. What the fade does is re-creates the bossa nova vibe of the 1960's, when people were releasing single after single, hoping that their song would be the hit to move a generation. There's a nice feeling to it, where all three are aware of each other and their capabilities, and let things fall where they may. There are also two Hines compositions featuring the vocals of April Hall, and while I tend to not like vocal tracks on an album of strong instrumentals, Hall is not an interruption. In a way she offers a temporary break from the dynamic of the music, with the shift in emphasis moving from them to her and the words. Traditional jazz never sounded any better, but can be enhanced among musicians of high caliber, of which Pamela Hines is one.
- Music for America


Jazz pianist Pamela Hines has impressed me with her last two albums with the kind of playing that I feel should put her up there with some of the greats, as she’s already up there. For her new album she takes the Christmas route and eases up a bit in her approach, but it allows the listener to hear the subtleties in her playing with an applied, delicate touch.

New Christmas (Spice Rack) may sound short with a 9-song line-up, but five of the songs clock in at over five minutes, one that comes close to reaching the seven minute mark (”Custom Santa”). The playing that I found on previous albums is still here, hearing her solo in “What Chance Have I?” makes one hope this will be the kind of Christmas music that will be on mainstream airwaves for the next forty years. For this album she brings in a group of three ladies who alternate with eack track, and then coming together for two tracks. Patricia Williamson, April Hill, and Monica Hatch have all had their share of awards and accolates, and in these songs they show why they’ve made an impression on thousands of jazz fans. I was most impressed by Williamson’s voice, who can do a bit of jazz scat with ease (as she does in “Gift Of Giving”) and then caress the mic ever so nicely in “Custom Santa”. Add to this the great rhythm section of bassist Dave Landoni and drummer Miki Matsuki, and Hines was definitely with good company during these sessions, and that strength only helps make Hines play like the professional she is. Regardless of the holiday, Hines is the kind of player that should be heard year round, and in a better world she would be world famous.



- Run-off Groove Mag


Discography

9-45-1998 with Bob Moses, Darren Barrett, Jaque Swarz-Bart and Rick McLaughlin
2 squared minus 2- 2000 with bassist Brian Torff
Jazz Meditations- 2004 an exploratory solo album
Twilight World- 2005 with Jerry Bergonzi, Miles Donahue, John Lockwood, David Hines, Reed Dieffenbach and April Hall
Hall Sings Hines- 2005 with April Hall, John Lockwood and Reed Dieffenbach
Drop 2- 2006 with John Lockwood and Bob Gullotti
Step Inside Love- 2007- compilation
Return- 2007- Lockwood, Gullotti and Bergonzi
New Christmas-2008- April Hall (v), Monica Hatch (v), Patrice Williamson (v), Dave Landoni (b) and Miki Matsuki (d)
This Heart of Mine (2009)
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John Lennon meets Duke Ellington. That’s the innovative merging created by jazz pianist Pamela Hines on her new solo CD release, ”This Heart of Mine,” on Spice Rack Records. Jazz critic Scott Yanow says, ”As is obvious from listening to this music, nothing is missing. During the well paced and consistently intriguing program, Pamela Hines performs fresh and often-surprising versions of songs.”
The first refreshing musical surprise is the first track where Hines has merged “Reflections in D” by Duke Ellington with “Across the Universe” by John Lennon. It is an emotional journey that really shows Hines’ talent for the ballad.
The second innovative surprise is a jazz take on “Eternal Flame,” a Bangles hit from the ‘80’s. Hines seems to be very harmonically clear on this interpretation and the result is a pop-to-jazz success of great integrity.
Hines fills the rest of the hour long set with be-bop, ballads and meter changes on standards. The project rounds out a career that has shown Hines to be a very flexible pianist. She has recorded original albums for vocalists, trio albums and her debut CD in 1998, a quintet project that featured drummer Bob Moses, was so well received that she was asked to appear on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland.
“A multi-faceted pianist is not an easy task to locate in today's jazz scene. Many pianists today have moved into a realm of groove oriented jazz, with no traces of swing anywhere to be found. Hines exemplifies the term well-rounded creating a pocket for the players to lay into with a deep sense of swing and driving force. Her ability to cover all styles of jazz clearly and with astounding technique comes through on her latest offering, proving once and for all that Hines is a seasoned composer, pianist and contributor to the jazz genre,” said Jeff Becker of Jazz Sensibilities in 2008.
Hines has been on over a dozen CD’s and reviews are available at Jazz Times Magazine, Jazz Improv Magazine, All About Jazz, The Boston Herald and many other jazz publications. She received her Masters in Jazz from New England Conservatory in 1998 and since then has been an original and refreshing presence on the jazz scene. Hines has released through Spice Rack Records since 2005.
She released a CD of all original Christmas tunes in 2008 and received generous national airplay.
Hines' 2007 release, "Return," with Lockwood and Gullotti and a special guest appearance by Jerry Bergonzi, who played on Hines' 2004 CD ,"Twilight World," earned #13 ranking on jazz week radio charts.
Hines appeared at the 169 Bar (Manuel Kaufman) and Cachaca Club (Paul Beaudry and Jamao Brown) in New York, Mechanic's Hall Brown Bag Concert (Bob Gullotti and Greg Loughman) in Worcester, MA and many northeast venues in early 2008. Hines and vocalist Patrice Williamson had monthly appearances at Chloe's, an American Bistro, in Hudson, MA and she appeared with vocalist Monica Hatch at the St. Paul's Music Festival in Worcester in June, 2008. Hatch and Williamson have also appeared with her in front of audiences at the Acton Jazz Cafe, MA. She continues to perform with numerous dedicated and talented musicians across the United States.
EJazz News critic Edward Blanco says," A follow up to her successful 2006 release, “Drop 2,” Boston-based pianist Pamela Hines guides her eclectic trio through their fourth CD together with “Return,” featuring internationally recognized composer/educator Jerry Bergonzi on the tenor saxophone as special guest. The trio, comprised of veteran bassist John Lockwood and former Fringe member and much in demand drummer, Bob Gullotti produce a terrific sound weaving their way through an exciting selection of Hines originals and several standards.
The album opens up with the familiar Walton composition “Ojos de Rojo,” immediately showcasing Hines’s formidable talents on the keys leading to a spicy drum solo from Gollotti in a nice starter. The pianist takes the lead on the next cut showcasing the classic Rodgers/Hart number, “My Heart Stood Still” and provides a lengthier alternate rendition of this tune repeating the piece on the eight track.
Tenorist Jerry Bergonzi appears on two numbers delivering a tremendous performance with sizzling solos on the title piece and signature tune of the album, and on the other Hines original, “Very.” Turning mellow, the lady provides some beautiful soft music on the love ballad “I’m Through with Love” backed up by Gullotti’s soft brush strokes.
Bassist Lockwood also delivers his share of solos providing the glue that holds the group together. One listen of “Return” is all you need to come away with the feeling that you’ve just heard beautiful light jazz performed with elegance and grace by a virtuoso pianist and a special group of players."
"Drop 2," a trio CD and Hines second with Spice Rack Records, was released in December, 2006, with Lockwood and Gullotti. The CD has received great airplay national