Thinking About Bix

Thinking About Bix

by Dick HymanDick 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."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2008
Label: Reference Recordings
UPC: 0030911111625
catalogNumber: 116
Rank: 106494

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dick Hyman   Primary Artist,Piano,Soloist
Mike Lipskin   Piano
Mike Lipskin   Piano

Technical Credits

Dick Hyman   Composer,Producer,Music Notes
Fats Waller   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Frankie Trumbauer   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Bix Beiderbecke   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Will Marion Cook   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Will J. Harris   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
J. Tamblyn Henderson   Producer,Executive Producer
Howdy Quicksell   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Ray Lodwig   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Hal Dyson   Composer
Keith O. Johnson   Engineer

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