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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: ARJ19348
  • Format: CD/DVD
  • UPC: 780941134827
  • Street Date: 11/10/09
  • PreBook Date: 01/01/01
  • Label: Arbors Records »
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Run Time: mins
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Year of Production: 2009
  • Box Lot: 25
  • Territory: WORLD


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Dick Hyman - Century Of Jazz Piano 5cd+dvd

Century of Jazz Piano takes you from ragtime to Gershwin to the Duke onto Monk & finally unstructured free improvisation styles & etudes 5 CDs/1 DVD.

Dick Hyman - Century Of Jazz Piano 5cd+dvd
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Dick Hyman's Century of Jazz Piano takes you from ragtime to Gershwin to the Duke onto Monk and finally unstructured free improvisation styles and etudes 5 CDs/1 DVD.

This intimidating, six-disc set (five CDs and a DVD) succeeds on two key levels. Rarely do we find a release that is equally effective in terms of its value as both an educational tool and a source of entertainment. Dick Hyman remains one of the most important figures in jazz today and with this set you soon find out why.

What makes Hyman so special isn't just his famous work on the soundtracks of various Woody Allen films or memorable concept albums like Themes and Variations on 'A Child Is Born.' With Hyman, we see a truly unique specimen of jazz. He has a brain that functions as a sort of comprehensive jazz encyclopedia. Along with that, he is a pianist with the skills to demonstrate perfectly almost every known technique and style to emerge during the course of the genre's 100 year-plus history...

...To say that this set is absolutely essential for students of piano jazz would be an understatement. Not only do you learn about the techniques behind the magic of jazz' greatest virtuosos, you get to hear the results of said complex, technical mastery. All of this is thanks to Dick Hyman, one of jazz' greatest living treasures.


Track Listing

Disc 1:
  • Gottschalk Sampler - Bamboula - Pasquinade
  • Maple Leaf Rag
  • Charleston Rag - Sounds Of Africa
  • Heliotrope Bouquet
  • Pleasant Moments
  • Solace Mexican - A Serenade
  • Odeon
  • Porto Rico
  • The Crave
  • Carolina Shout
  • Snowy Morning Blues
  • Caprice Rag
  • You've Got To Be Modernistic
  • Shreveport Stomp
  • A Monday Date
  • Night Life
  • Disc 2:
    • Rialto Ripples
    • Liza - All The Cloud'sll Soon Roll By
    • Do Do Do
    • Kitten On The Keys
    • Nickel In The Slot
    • Slolioquy
    • In A Mist - Bixology
    • Little Rock Getaway
    • Honky Tonk Train
    • Pine Top's - Boogie Woogie
    • Yancey Special
    • Rollin' The Boogie
    • Vicksburg Blues
    • Fingerbuster
    • Viper's Drag
    • Handful Of Keys
    • Tea For Two
    • Body And Soul
    • I've Got The World On A String
    • Complainin'
    • Three Little Words
    • Disc 3:
      • The Clothed Woman
      • Tonk
      • Sophisticated Lady
      • Lotus Blossom - CHarolette Russe
      • Basie In Brief
      • It's Only A Paper Moon
      • 16 For Mckenna
      • Song Without Words
      • All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
      • How High The Moon
      • Lullaby Of Birdland
      • Doodlin'
      • Funkus Delictus
      • Moanin'
      • Rose Room
      • Disc 4:
        • 'Round About Midnight
        • Well, You Needn't
        • Miserioso
        • Blue Monk
        • Evidence
        • Blue Rondo A La Turk
        • Kaleidoscope - A Delicate Balance
        • Spain
        • Dolphin Dance
        • Topology
        • Time Remembered
        • Poor Butterfly
        • Django
        • Giant Steps
        • What Is This Thing Called Love
        • Disc 5:
          • The Venice Concerto
          • Convocation Of The Winds
          • Three Short Ones
          • Corkscrews
          • Parable For A Parrot
          • In The Fullness Of Time
          • Days With Julia
          • The Last Word
          • Have You Heard
          • The Minotaur
          • The Charlap Line
          • Impromptu For Two Pianos
          • Waltzing With Hank
          • Roger's 21st Century Funk
          • A Little Bit Of John
          • Derek Chews It Up
          • Ralph, Stride Meister
          • Elegant Dr. Billy
          • A Small Memorial To Wellstood
          • Is He Blue
          • Kansas City Dreamin'
          • Joe's Special Thing
          • Christmas With Paul
          • Decatur Stomp
          • Struttin' On A Sunny Day
          • Cuttin' Loose
          • Ivory Strides
          • Pass It Along
          • South Side Boogy
          • Ocean Languor
          • Onyx Mood
          • Bouncin In F Minor
          • Bird In The Roost
          • Deep Groove
          • Roses & Cream
          • Time Play
          • Passage

Press Quotes

Dick Hyman's Century of Jazz Piano was originally issued as two separate CD-R discs to allow jazz piano students and fans to hear many different styles of jazz as performed by the veteran pianist. Repackaged as a five-CD set with a separate DVD for reissue by Arbors, this improved edition has the ability to play in conventional CD and DVD players as well. Hyman has long been recognized as a very versatile player who is capable of playing any style in jazz history, one of a handful of artists who has such an ability. The five CDs, more or less, cover jazz piano roughly in the chronological order in which they came into the public domain, playing pieces either composed or associated with a number of different pianists. It is hard to imagine anyone else who can play in the manner of Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Thelonious Monk, Lennie Tristano, Bill Evans, and McCoy Tyner (to name only a few), but Hyman does so with ease. Rather than just play straight re-creations of each player's recordings, Hyman generally incorporates his own variations and improvisations. The fifth disc may be the most interesting, as it consists of a series of Hyman's compositions and free improvisations in the manner of various pianists, along with a revisit to his 1968 piece ''The Minotaur,'' a piece he originally composed to perform on Moog synthesizer; this version is a piano duet with Jack Fanning. On the DVD, Hyman offers more, playing examples of individual greats of each style while adding insightful commentary as to the unique aspects of each musician's approach, with the camera angles providing superb views of his hands in action. This set is complemented by a detailed booklet with Hyman's extensive liner notes, while the creative packaging allows both easy access and minimizes possible damage to the discs as they are removed from their sleeves.

     —Ken Dryden, All Music Guide


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