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  • Audio CD (December 17, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Reference Recordings
  • ASIN: B000006M9F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Drop Me Off At Harlem
3. The Clothed Woman
4. Sophisticated Lady
5. Doin' The Voom Voom
6. On A Turquoise Cloud
7. All Too Soon
8. Tonk
9. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
10. Echoes Of Harlem
11. Prelude To A Kiss
12. The Gal From Joe's
13. Day Dream
14. Come Sunday

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Henry Mautner on December 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In his seventh decade, virtuoso pianist/composer Dick Hyman is at the top of his - or anyone's - game musically and technically in this exceptional tribute to Duke Ellington. Hyman is that rare phenomenon - a complete, intelligent, and technically astounding musician - who serves the composer first but never forgets that among the composer's interests was to evoke an emotional response from his listeners.
This Hyman does, and how. If this were an LP, I would have already worn out "Tonk," originally written by Ellington and Strayhorn to feature themselves as duo-pianists at parties, and played here by Hyman live and ALONE. Then again, there's the wonderful quasi-medley of "Echos of Harlem" and "Prelude To A Kiss," where Hyman cleverly interweaves the distinctive driving motive from the first tune into the second. And there are definitive performances of "Sophisticated Lady," "Drop Me Off in Harlem," "I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart" - it's all wonderful.
Finally, the recorded sound is absolutely superb. The performances were preserved on a recording Boesendorfer piano, and then played back in an acoustically ideal recording environment. The end result is the spontaneity of a live performance with the sonics of an Uber-Studio.
Whether you're a musician or sometime listener, an Ellington fanatic or jazz novice, you will not go wrong with this recording. Buy it and enjoy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By chefdevergue VINE VOICE on October 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Simply put, this is just a stellar CD, from beginning to end. There is not a track on here that disappoints. Every jazz pianist should listen to Hyman as he develops his thematic material, particularly on "Sophisticated Lady," "All Too Soon," "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart," "Echoes of Harlem," and "Day Dream." If you want dazzling piano technique, then check out Hyman's dexterity on "Jubilee Stomp" and especially "Tonk." Ellington & Strayhorn used to perform "Tonk" as a duo, and Hyman does it here single-handed...absolutely marvelous.

I can't even begin to understand the technology that goes into the Bösendorfer Reproducing Piano, but suffice it to say that the sound quality on this CD is as good as it gets.

I have had this CD for 10 years and never get tired of it. It just is one the best CDs I have ever come across. I can't believe so few people have written reviews for it; it is a true gem which deserves more attention.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By forwardintothepast on August 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The recording is superb, the selections are timeless, and Mr. Hyman's pianism is fully on display. "Tonk" is a masterpiece of post-stride stride piano, with its ever-increasing levels of dissonance and syncopation. It reminded me of Ravel's "La Valse", as a phantasmagoric satire and expression of the idiom.
The other tracks alternate between Ellington chestnuts and lesser known but wonderful material. "Come Sunday" is a rubato rhapsody, "I Let a Song" is the most straight-forward piece on the CD, and "Drop Me Off in Harlem" and two others are real blues cuts, with a chance for the player/arranger to strut his blues stuff.
The recording is mastered a bit quietly, so you may have to bring the volume control up a goodly bit to hear it in the car. Otherwise, it is a delight for piano fans, jazz listeners, and Ellington buffs alike. I have listened to it in the car maybe five trips out of town in a rwo,and still, I am hearing things that escaped my ears and mind the first four times.
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Format: Audio CD
If Paul Whiteman was really the king of jazz, who was Duke Ellington? Well here Dick Hyman(the Fats Waller of today) gives a tribute to the real king of jazz Duke Ellington, Hyman's tribute album shows just how much Hyman loves and respects ellington's music, without copying his style. This is a landmark album, on the same level as Hyman's exellent tribute to Fats Waller. Hyman covers here on this joyous CD such classics as Daydream and Prelide To A Kiss to lesser known gems like Echoes From Harlem & On A Turquoise Cloud. This CD is highly recomended to both Ellington & Hyman fans. Duke would be honored if he were alive to hear this.
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