World Class Brilliant

World Class Brilliant

by Hal Schaefer


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World Class Brilliant

Hal Schaefer has been an active pianist for decades, sporadically recording under his own name and accompanying Peggy Lee, June Christy, Stan Kenton, Marilyn Monroe, and others on record dates. Schaefer is a mainstream player comparable to Dick Hyman, who finds something fresh in everything he plays without losing track of the source melody. Schaefer recorded 14 of the tracks in his home studio, incorporating Art Tatum-like flourishes into many of the standards that date back to the 1930s and 1940s, especially in his energetic treatment of "What Is This Thing Called Love?" and the jovial "Too Marvelous for Words." His interpretations of music by Lerner & Loewe include a shimmering, relaxed setting of "Almost Like Being in Love" and a buoyant, elegant "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face." The studio sessions are followed by two live performances, the bittersweet original "Strange as It Seems" and an oddly rollicking take of "The Lord's Prayer" that finds the musician singing along (à la Keith Jarrett).

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2011
Label: Summit(Classical)
UPC: 0099402557922
catalogNumber: 557

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hal Schaefer   Primary Artist,Piano

Technical Credits

Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Hal Schaefer   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer,Lyricist
Dorothy Fields   Composer,Lyricist
Ira Gershwin   Composer,Lyricist
Lorenz Hart   Composer,Lyricist
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer,Lyricist
Herbert Magidson   Composer,Lyricist
Johnny Mercer   Composer,Lyricist
Cole Porter   Composer,Lyricist
Herb Wong   Liner Notes
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Seymour Simons   Composer,Lyricist
Gerald Marks   Composer
Brenda Schaefer   Composer,Lyricist
Jack Lawrence   Composer,Lyricist
Walter Gross   Composer

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