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"3.2.1" by pianist Pamela Hines is a pleasant surprise!


Often on first listen to a new CD, I’ll remark, “that’s nice…” and just file it away.  I’m very glad that I gave “3.2.1” by pianist Pamela Hines a second chance.  On the second pass, I heard the complexities that I missed in my first cursory review.  We receive many piano-bass-drums CDs re-working standards at WEMU, so if your disc is to make it on the air it must have a “special something”.  Pamela Hines has it.

“3.2.1” refers to the trios, duets and one solo piece comprising this new CD.  Hines works with two of today’s best sidemen:  bassist David Clark and drummer Yoron Israel.  Clark’s tone is warm and deeply burnished while Israel has a brighter, lighter, colorist approach as a percussionist.  Both are highly complementary to Hines’ fleet piano figures and joyfully jolting clusters.  She works through well-known repertoire: songs penned by legendary pianist Bill Evans and pieces he covered as well.  However, Hines does not “ape” Evans throughout the recording; rather her bright attack reveals an impish, playful side to many of these tunes.  My second listen revealed a pianist and disc worthy of deeper investigation.  We hope you enjoyed the premiere of “3.2.1” this morning and the rest of the variety on theplaylist.

Linda Yohn simply cannot remember a day in her life that was not filled with music. Her early life was full of changes as the daughter of a well-respected cancer research scientist who moved his family about, but one thing was constant: the love of music instilled by her mother. So, when it seemed life was too hard to bear, young Linda would listen to her radio, play her guitar, dance her heart out and sing at the top of her lungs. So, it isn’t so strange that “older” Linda still does all those things!
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