CD Forgotten Dreams: Archives of Novelty Piano (1920's-1930's) (CD 1031423),
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Forgotten Dreams: Archives of Novelty Piano (1920's-1930's)

  • 1. Echoes of Spring
    2. Concentratin'
    3. Morning Air
    4. Finger Buster
    5. In the Dark
    6. Soliloquy
    7. Spring Fever
    8. Southern Charms
    9. Aunt Jemima's Birthday
    10. Dancing Tambourine
    11. Midsummer's Nightmare
    12. Nickel in the Slot
    13. Grandfather's Clock
    14. My Pet
    15. Lace Embroidery
    16. Southern Exposure
    17. Hobson Street Blues
    18. Eye Opener
    19. Legend of Lonesome Lake, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19248

  • Credits
    ProducerDick Hyman; John Sheridan
    EngineerRoy Yokelson

    Personnel: Dick Hyman, John Sheridan (piano).
    Recorded at Audio Images, Bradenton, Florida on January 19-20, 2001.
    Personnel: Dick Hyman (piano); John Sheridan (piano).
    Liner Note Author: Jim Cullum, Jr.
    Recording information: Audio Images, Bradenton, FL (01/19/2001-01/??/2001).
    Editor: Roy Yokelson .
    Nostalgia is a key ingredient in this twin piano session pairing Dick Hyman and John Sheridan, performing popular novelty tunes of the 1920s and 1930s. This genre of music was so named because of the little flourishes added by their composers to bring attention to them, which of course they did. The best known works on this CD are by Willie "the Lion" Smith ("Echo of Spring" and "Morning Air") or Bix Beiderbecke ("In the Dark"), along with works by Rube Bloom, Zez Confrey (with his huge hit "Nickel in the Slot"), and Bob Zurke (known for his work with Bob Crosby) Relatively few (if any) pianists have tackled these tricky pieces in a duo setting, though Hyman and his protg Sheridan complement one another's playing extremely well throughout the date. They add their own personal touches to these tunes, while keeping them from wandering too far from their roots. Primarily of interest to fans of stride, classic jazz, and early swing, this memorable release should still appeal to all fans of jazz piano. ~ Ken Dryden

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