This album features two seperate sessions of improvised jazz piano solos from Dick Hyman and Lou Stein.
2 LP's on 1 CD: Genius At Play /Solo.
During his long career, Dick Hyman has recorded a number of albums of solo piano; this one is among his best. Mixing jazz standards with music from the stage and pop tunes, he comes up with innovative approaches to each selection. Of particular interest is the unusually upbeat arrangement of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child," the driving take of the often very dull pop ballad "The Look of Love," and a lush treatment of "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof. Unfortunately, this LP has long been unavailable since the demise of Monmouth Evergreen, but there is some likelihood that it will reappear in the catalog of George Buck's Collector's Record Club, because he acquired the entire label's library during the 1990s. Highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden