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From the Age of Swing
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Swing is everywhere these days, but it's seldom played with the consummately relaxed skill heard here, with Hyman leading a mid-sized band of celebrated veterans. Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Butch ... more »
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Swing is everywhere these days, but it's seldom played with the consummately relaxed skill heard here, with Hyman leading a mid-sized band of celebrated veterans. Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Butch Miles on drums make up a perfect swing rhythm section, while the horns provide vitally individualistic sounds and ideas, from Joe Newman's sly, muted trumpet to Joe Temperley's gruffly sweet baritone saxophone. The repertoire provides an authentic portrait of the swing era, from the energetic "Moten Swing" through Ellington's "Dooji Wooji" and Fletcher Henderson's beautiful "Soft Winds" to the pop songs of the day, like "Moonglow" and "Them There Eyes." Hyman displays the same musicianship apparent in his solo piano recordings, making wondrous use of space to let the rhythm section shine through. --Stuart Broomer
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Exceptionally well-recorded - stunning!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A true "reference" recording for those who love acoustic instrumentation. The music is wonderful and fun - a throw-back to my grandparents' time; the musicianship and tactile presence of the players makes this recording a palpable "live" experience. It's rare that you find the combination of an excellent performance captured so realistically. You are seated at Dick Hyman's piano for a number of the tracks - his piano is close-miked, and "right there".Looking to buy new speakers/equipment? Take this CD (with your others) and see the crowd it attracts. You'll find the staff will gravitate to your listening room just to experience it.One of the best."
Gentle but serious and intense music
Benjamin Thomas | ukiah, ca United States | 08/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though I delight in raucous music (Led Zeppelin, Little Feat), my heart really belongs most of all in the swing era. This disc is a superb example of music that was out of style for a while, but is coming back. It's also an excellent example of music that I can put on and my wife won't complain.Highlights: Them There Eyes, Hyman and Frank Wess and rhythm -- as good a tenor solo as I have heard in several years); Topsy, piano and rhythm; the fine work by Joe Wilder (not Newman!)A really fine record. I have the companion disk on order..."
Good but unexciting
H. Ipp | Toronto | 08/09/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Technically a good cd, which I really bought for the great sound reviews it has. Sonically terrific, musically a little unexciting, but most enjoyable."