261

Dick Hyman: In Concert at the Old Mill Inn

Ken Dryden By

Sign in to view read count
Dick Hyman: In Concert at the Old Mill Inn During his lengthy professional career, pianist Dick Hyman has been a first-call studio player for many kinds of music, in addition to being able to play any style in the history of jazz. As well as being a sideman with Benny Goodman, Hyman worked in a duo with the late cornetist Ruby Braff, played pipe, Hammond and theater organs, along with taking part leading various size jazz ensembles and creating soundtracks for several Woody Allen films. But Hyman's greatest strength is in a solo piano setting, where his imagination and considerable chops are best displayed.

This 2007 solo performance at the Old Mill Inn in Toronto is a typical outing, a mix of standards, time-tested jazz compositions, originals and even modern pop. No matter how many times standards have been recorded, Hyman manages to find fresh paths, with intricate improvisations that never get carried away, such as in the rhapsodic treatment of "I Can't Get Started." In "Stompin' at the Savoy" the pianist incorporates a hip bass line reminiscent of the one he used in his interpretation of Fats Waller's "Bond Street" while his lightly swinging setting of "All the Things You Are" has its share of Art Tatum-like runs.

The pianist includes two original miniatures, both previously recorded in the studio for Dick Hyman's Century of Jazz Piano (recently reissued by Arbors). The relaxing "Ocean Languor" is a reflective ballad with flashes of Bix Beiderbecke's works for piano, while "Pass It Along" is imbued with the stamp of Swing Era great Teddy Wilson, with whom Hyman studied in his youth after winning lessons in a contest. Perhaps the most surprising track is Hyman's arrangement of the Beatles' "Blackbird," which he transforms from a quiet ballad into a breezy swing vehicle.

Track Listing: Ain't Misbehavin'; I Can't Get Started; Stompin' at the Savoy; Have a Heart; Honeysuckle Rose; All the Things You Are; Undecided; Blackbird; Christopher Columbus; Ocean Languor; Pass It Along; The Man I Love.

Personnel: Dick Hyman: piano.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Sackville | Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing


Shop

More Articles

Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Get 'Em CD/LP/Track Review Get 'Em
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Radioactive Landscapes EP CD/LP/Track Review Radioactive Landscapes EP
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Wake Up Call CD/LP/Track Review Wake Up Call
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 24, 2017
Read The Many Minds of Richie Cole CD/LP/Track Review The Many Minds of Richie Cole
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: April 24, 2017
Read LifeCycle CD/LP/Track Review LifeCycle
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 23, 2017
Read "Live at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival / Matt Savage: Piano Voyages" CD/LP/Track Review Live at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival /...
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 29, 2016
Read "Metamorphosis" CD/LP/Track Review Metamorphosis
by James Nadal
Published: July 10, 2016
Read "Stereotomic" CD/LP/Track Review Stereotomic
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 18, 2017
Read "Wet Paint" CD/LP/Track Review Wet Paint
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: November 15, 2016
Read "Conditions" CD/LP/Track Review Conditions
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 16, 2016
Read "Live in Japan" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Japan
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 5, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!