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Dick Hyman - Thinking About Bix (2008) [Stride]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

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Dick Hyman - Thinking About Bix (2008) [Stride]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 15 Jun 2021, 07:40

Artist: Dick Hyman
Album: Thinking About Bix
Genre: Stride
Label: Reference Recordings
Released: 2008
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
  1. Thinking About Bix (3:59)
  2. Singing' the Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home) (3:20)
  3. Ostrich Walk (2:55)
  4. I'm Coming, Virginia (5:23)
  5. Jazz Me Blues (3:43)
  6. Candlelights (4:34)
  7. 'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So (2:43)
  8. Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down (2:55)
  9. In the Dark (6:02)
  10. Clementine (From New Orleans) (2:49)
  11. Lonely Melody (5:10)
  12. In a Mist (4:02)
  13. Sweet Sue (Just You) (3:16)
  14. Wringin' and Twistin' (4:51)
  15. Flashes (2:57)
  16. Davenport Blues (5:23)
  17. You Took Advantage of Me (2:28)


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."
Review by Ken Dryden

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