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Thinking About Bix (Digital Only)

Dick Hyman

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Long an admirer of cornetist/composer Bix Beiderbecke, Dick Hyman pays tribute to the gifted but short-lived jazz legend by interpreting the songs Bix recorded in a series of piano solos, mixing transcriptions of Beiderbecke's solos (and occasionally, others' as well) with his own improvisations. One exception is Hyman's original composition "Thinking About Bix," a warm, easygoing piece that captures the spirit of the era. The pianist's buoyant setting of "Singin' the Blues" and playful rendition of "Ostrich Walk" prove captivating, while his jaunty interpretation of "'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So" is lots of fun. But the obvious high points of this CD, recorded not long before Hyman's 81st birthday, are Beiderbecke's rarely performed works for solo piano. The shimmering impressionist air of "Candlelights," the subtlety of "In the Dark," the Gershwin-flavored "In a Mist," the constantly shifting "Flashes," and the loping treatment of "Davenport Blues" all glisten in Hyman's gifted hands. Stride pianist Mike Lipskin (a protégé of stride pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith) joins Hyman in a lively duo rendition of "You Took Advantage of Me."

Customer Reviews

Mr. Hyman has done it again.....

Another amazing virtuosic performance by Dick Hyman. This fresh take on this collection of tunes displays Hyman's amazing attention to detail. Although most of these songs are familiar to anyone who is a fan of Bix Beiderbecke, hearing Dicks interpretation of the arrangements is a real treat. The wonderfully haunting intro to "I'm Coming Virginia" would have really pleased Bix. Dick's rendition of the Beiderbecke Piano Suite is the best I have heard to date. Mr. Hyman's original piece "Thinking About Bix" is also a treat. Even if you are not familiar with Beiderbecke's cornet or piano recordings, buy this and you will want to hear more!

Biography

Born: March 8, 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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jul 29, 2008

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