Dick Hyman has such a special sensitivity to and mastery of American music, especially piano music, that he is in a class by himself. He’s been around the block a few times and has imbibed all the great American players –Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Eubie Blake, Fats Waller, and countless others, many of whom are as alive as he is and still gigging. He’s a classicist, a perfectionist, and a composer of warm and wide dimension.
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?
It goes without saying that he is an accomplished accompanist and collaborator. He’s composed film scores for many of Woody Allen’s movies, dance scores for Twyla Tharp, and works for piano and orchestra and chamber music. He was even one of the first guys to explore that almost forgotten, but mind-blowing instrument, the Moog synthesizer.
With A Little Bit Of Luck – fast He’s made a million albums, some in that design apex, the Fifties, with artwork that deserves mention and forgiveness. I have many albums by him, but my favorites are the duets he made with Ruby Braff on cornet, especially My Fair Lady. They have a long and beautiful history of music making that goes way back. On these Lerner and Lowe tunes, Ruby Braff is incomparable, as he always was, and together they take the familiar and already wonderful and lift it to another level of rhythm, swing, and sentiment.
Mr. Hyman can play fast and, in a career that spans many years, has possibly played more notes than any other living person. Thank you for each and every one of them. I love these guys and this great gift they’ve served up.