DICK HYMAN: THE GERSHWIN SONGBOOK - JAZZ VARIATIONS

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"In 1932 George Gershwin published variations of 18 of his songs, turning some of his classics into more challenging workouts. Sixty years later Dick Hyman recorded the 18 pieces in two versions apiece: first a brief and straight rendition of the original sheet music and then his own versions, based partly on Gershwin's 1932 songbook. It would have been interesting to hear Hyman actually perform Gershwin's varitions, for one can only guess how much of his own improvisations are taken from the composer's embellishments. In general the flavor of Gershwin is quite strong throughout this date but Hyman does feel free to insert some obvious departures such as his hot stride on "Fascinating Rhythm," a bit of Tatum and Tristano on "Strike up the Band," hints of Bix on "Do, Do, Do" and some Errol Garnerisms on "Clap Yo' Hands." Although a tad gimmicky, this CD does have its fascinating moments and plenty of typically brilliant playing from Dick Hyman."--Scott Yanow, All Music Guide 

 

1 Fascinating Rhythm 00:54
2 Fascinating Rhythm (Variations) 01:40
3 Somebody Loves Me 01:08
4 Somebody Loves Me (Variations) 02:35
5 I Got Rhythm 01:15
6 I Got Rhythm (Variations) 02:57
7 Nobody But You 00:48
8 Nobody But You (Variations) 01:58
9 Stairway To Paradise 00:43
10 Stairway To Paradise (Variations) 03:00
11 Do It Again 01:32
12 Do It Again (Variations) 02:45
13 Strike Up The Band 01:01
14 Strike Up The Band (Variations) 04:07
15 Who Cares 01:11
16 Who Cares (Variations) 03:47
17 Liza 02:25
18 Liza (Variations) 04:38
19 Swanee 00:42
20 Swanee (Variations) 03:03
21 The Man I Love 02:06
22 The Man I Love (Variations) 04:02
23 That Certain Feeling 01:17
24 That Certain Feeling (Variations) 02:59
25 Oh, Lady Be Good 01:10
26 Oh, Lady Be Good (Variations) 02:33
27 Do, Do, Do 01:07
28 Do, Do, Do (Variations) 02:29
29 Sweet And Low-Down 01:03
30 Sweet And Low-Down (Variations) 02:27
31 Clap Yo' Hands 00:53
32 Clap Yo' Hands (Variations) 02:53
33 's Wonderful 00:54
34 's Wonderful (Variations) 02:38
35 My One And Only 00:52
36 My One And Only (Variations) 01:55

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