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Album Review

With the phenomenal technique of both Dick Hyman and Niels Pedersen, it's surprising to hear them together in such a low key setting; that doesn't mean that this CD is dull! Hyman was clearly in a reflective mood following his appearance at the Oslo Jazz Festival, though he shows a touch of playfulness during his arrangement of Chopin's "Waltz in C# Minor" and romping take of "Summertime." Pedersen, a veteran who's accompanied many jazz greats (especially Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans), fits Hyman like a glove with his equally impeccable playing. Because it's an import, it takes a little more effort to acquire, but it's worth it.

Biography

Born: 08 March 1927 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A very versatile virtuoso, Dick Hyman once recorded an album on which he played "A Child Is Born" in the styles of 11 different pianists, from Scott Joplin to Cecil Taylor. Hyman can clearly play anything he wants to, and since the '70s, he has mostly concentrated on pre-bop swing and stride styles. Hyman worked with Red Norvo (1949-1950) and Benny Goodman (1950), and then spent much of the 1950s and '60s as a studio musician. He appears on the one known sound film of Charlie Parker (Hot House from...
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Elegies, Mostly, Dick  Hyman
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 14 August 1995

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