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Album: Thinking About Bix *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Thinking About Bix
2)    Singin' the Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home)
3)    Ostrich Walk
4)    I'm Coming, Virginia
5)    Jazz Me Blues
6)    Candlelights
7)    'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So
8)    Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down
9)    In the Dark
10)    Clementine (From New Orleans)
11)    Lonely Melody
12)    In a Mist
13)    Sweet Sue (Just You)
14)    Wringin' and Twistin'
15)    Flashes
16)    Davenport Blues
17)    You Took Advantage of Me
 

Album: Thinking About Bix *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Thinking About Bix
2)    Singin' the Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home)
3)    Ostrich Walk
4)    I'm Coming, Virginia
5)    Jazz Me Blues
6)    Candlelights
7)    'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So
8)    Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down
9)    In the Dark
10)    Clementine (From New Orleans)
11)    Lonely Melody
12)    In a Mist
13)    Sweet Sue (Just You)
14)    Wringin' and Twistin'
15)    Flashes
16)    Davenport Blues
17)    You Took Advantage of Me
 
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  • Personnel: Dick Hyman (piano); Mike Lipskin , Mike Lipskin (piano).
  • Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (02/25/2008/02/26/2008).
  • Editors: J. Tamblyn Henderson; Paul Stubblebine.
  • Long an admirer of cornetist/composer Bix Beiderbecke, Dick Hyman pays tribute to the gifted but short-lived jazz legend by interpreting the songs Bix recorded in a series of piano solos, mixing transcriptions of Beiderbecke's solos (and occasionally, others' as well) with his own improvisations. One exception is Hyman's original composition "Thinking About Bix," a warm, easygoing piece that captures the spirit of the era. The pianist's buoyant setting of "Singin' the Blues" and playful rendition of "Ostrich Walk" prove captivating, while his jaunty interpretation of "'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So" is lots of fun. But the obvious high points of this CD, recorded not long before Hyman's 81st birthday, are Beiderbecke's rarely performed works for solo piano. The shimmering impressionist air of "Candlelights," the subtlety of "In the Dark," the Gershwin-flavored "In a Mist," the constantly shifting "Flashes," and the loping treatment of "Davenport Blues" all glisten in Hyman's gifted hands. Stride pianist Mike Lipskin (a prot‚g‚ of stride pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith) joins Hyman in a lively duo rendition of "You Took Advantage of Me." ~ Ken Dryden
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (p.104) - "The transcriptions of Bix's iconic cornet solos, here and throughout the album, mysteriously transcend themselves. It is as if portraying them on piano turns them into runes, or purely melodic code."
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