Pamela Hines

Moon Germs

Pianist/composer Pamela Hines toys with melodic patterns and conjures up rippling improvisations that are creatively-driven while treading the line of experimental. Her latest CD, Moon Germs from Spice Rack Records runs through a gamut of expressions from the fiery discharges of “Let’s Fall In Love” to the luxuriating coils of “Fools Rush In.” Joined by bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti and featuring special guests Greg Dudzienshki on tenor saxophone and Darren Barrett on trumpet, Hines’ mix of originals and jazz standards all have earmarks of her individual penmanship and perceptive ingenuity to make notes jump off the page.

The title track is a testament to Hines’personalized style as the notes fly through the air coursing dynamic expressions and performing somersaults around the buoyant beats of the rhythm section. The slow and sensual score etched by the saxophone nestles against the melodic strokes of the keys through “Lavender” producing glistening lines that glow like streaks of moon beams on a sandy beach, and the attractive ambience of “Complications” is imbued with soothing bebop motifs. The heavily pronounced imprints made by her piano keys in “Variations On Invitations” are paired with agile drumbeats, and the shuffling glides of “Show Type Tune” are infused with a swing polish. The jumping keys wrapping around “Zonegar” are fringed by wiggling top hat strikes, which switch to a caressing stride in “Christopher Street.”

Hines keeps the energy level high and the music continually frolicking with an easygoing manner. She and her trio devise tunes that are pleasurable and intelligently configured as melodic patterns crisscross and weave into each other using equal servings of bebop and swing. There is an undertone of optimism in her tracks that can persuade the darkest of moods to turn sunny.

Pamela Hines – piano, John Lockwood – bass, Bob Gullotti – drums, Greg Dudzienski – tenor saxophone, and Darren Barrett – trumpet

Let’s Fall In Love, Itchy (featuring Darren Barrett and Greg Dudzienski), Fools Rush In, Moon Germs, :Lavender featuring Darren Barrett and Greg Dudzienski), Complications, Variations On Invitation, Show Type Tune, Zonegar, Christopher Street, Variations On Invitation

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