Dick Hyman


Born: March 8, 1927; New York, NY  
A very versatile virtuoso, Dick Hyman once recorded an album on which he played "A Child Is Born" in the styles of 11 different pianists, from Scott Joplin to Cecil Taylor. Hyman can clearly play anything he wants to, and since the '70s, he has mostly concentrated on pre-bop swing and stride styles. Hyman worked with Red Norvo (1949-1950) and Benny Goodman (1950), and then spent much of the 1950s and '60s as a studio musician. He appears on the Read more one known sound film of Charlie Parker (Hot House from 1952); recorded honky tonk under pseudonyms; played organ and early synthesizers in addition to piano; was Arthur Godfrey's music director (1959-1962); collaborated with Leonard Feather on some History of Jazz concerts (doubling on clarinet), and even performed rock and free jazz; but all of this was a prelude to his later work. In the 1970s, Hyman played with the New York Jazz Repertory Company, formed the Perfect Jazz Repertory Quintet (1976), and started writing soundtracks for Woody Allen films. He has recorded frequently during the past several decades (sometimes in duets with Ruby Braff) for Concord, Music Masters, and Reference, among other labels, and ranks at the top of the classic jazz field. ~ Scott Yanow Read less
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  • 1.
    Brubeck, Hanna, Hyman: Jazz Sonatas
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55061 Release Date: 10/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roland Hanna,  Dick Hyman,  Dave Brubeck
    Performer:  Jesse Levy,  Roland Hanna,  Peter Gordon,  Gary Schocker  ... 
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  • 2.
    Scott Joplin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60842 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Scott Joplin
    Performer:  James Levine,  Dick Hyman
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    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Demain, Houston Grand Opera
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 32109 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Myra Merritt,  Alexander B. Smalls,  Larry Marshall,  Betty Lane  ... 
    Conductor:  John DeMain
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra,  Houston Grand Opera Chorus
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