|I know this is a long shot, but it's something I've always been curious about.
I have a five-LP Earl "Fatha" Hines set that I bought it in Chicago on Maxwell St. years ago; I don't think I've ever seen it since in any new- or used-record stores. Disks 2-4 are the gems: they're solo piano, recorded in Chicago in 1977. The other two feature Hines fronting a band consisting of Budd Johnson, Bill Pemberton, and Oliver Jackson. They, too, were recorded in '77, but in New York. They're enjoyable, but not nearly as magnificent as the solo performances.
The label is the "M.F." label out of New York. I've always wondered whether Fega had something to do with it.
Does anyone know?