Rosetta – 1965

Earl Hines All-Stars


A jam session with Stuff Smith and Roy Eldridge

At a European concert on Mar. 13, 1965, that was organized by George Wein, a rather impressive group of American all-stars was featured on a spirited version of “Rosetta.”

Pianist Earl Hines, the song’s composer, introduces the tune, trumpeter Roy Eldridge leads the ensemble, and tenor-saxophonist Don Byas takes the first solo while being driven by bassist Jimmy Woode and drummer Kenny Clarke.

The high points of the performance are the solos of violinist Stuff Smith (which gets quite heated) and the often-miraculous Hines.

Tenor-saxophonist Ben Webster roars during his solo, and Eldridge throws in some screams during his.

It takes a bit of time for Eldridge to get the other horn players’ attention (taking a longer than expected solo) before the song comes to an end.

So much talent on one stage!

-Scott Yanow

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