In Concert at the Old Mill Inn
The music on this CD comes from Dick Hyman's Solo Piano concert for radio station Jazz-FM 91 on December 10, 2007. The setting was ideal - a good piano, excellent acoustics and an enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience.
Hyman played two long sets and he selected the tunes heard here. It may only be a coincidence that the final cut focuses heavily on the music of the Swing Era. I Can't Get Started, Stompin' at the Savoy, Honeysuckle Rose, Undecided, Christopher Columbus, The Man I Love and Ain't Misbehavin' were all popular tunes for jazz musicians in the 1940s and were part of the learning process for Dick Hyman.
His interpretations of the songs are fully formed and offer insights into his improvisational methods.
Have A Heart, Gene DiNovi's song, was chosen by Hyman as a tribute to the composer, who was in the audience that night.
This set also includes two of Hyman's “Etudes for Jazz Piano”. Ocean Languor is dedicated to Duke Ellington and Pass It Along is for Teddy Wilson. In total there are fifteen of these etudes.
Also included in this set is a performance of the Lennon/McCartney tune Blackbird. It works well within a jazz context.
Hyman's many special projects (such as the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke) in studio performances are definitive studies of the various composers.
Here, we have Dick Hyman spontaneously reminding his audience of the qualities of the material and his ability as a performer.
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