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  • Audio CD (April 9, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000063RSW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With his elegant lyric sensibility and use of classic harmonics, which might best be characterized as equal parts Hank Jones and Bill Evans, pianist Bill Charlap manages to suggest something at once timeless and modern in his approach to jazz piano. And while references to past and present masters of the keyboard abound in this recital of Hoagy Carmichael compositions (as in his tasty appropriation of Evans's tolling intro to "Some Other Time" on a poignant reading of "The Nearness of You," or his interpolation of Red Garland's "Billy Boy" as a prelude to "I Walk with Music"), Charlap manages to evoke the dreamy, unhurried character redolent of so much of Carmichael's music, while maintaining his own probing, crystalline presence. Thus, while a briskly swinging jaunt through "Jubilee" finds him navigating an equestrian set of changes in a round-robin romp with his exceptionally empathetic rhythm mates (bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington), his sultry flirting with tenorist Frank Wess on "Blue Orchids" and his lofty harmonic byplay with guitarist Jim Hall reveal a musician wise beyond his years--restrained and relaxed and confident enough not to hide behind a fusillade of empty notes. Such maturity is part of what makes his storytelling accompaniments behind master vocalists Tony Bennett and Shirley Horn--and a breathtakingly slow, humid trio treatment of "Georgia"--so richly rewarding. --Chip Stern

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By MOVIE MAVEN on April 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was channel surfing the other night and ran across a cable program called "The Musicians." That night, the interviewer had Tony Bennett as his guest who answered all sorts of questions about repertoire, accompanists, influences, styles, etc. and then sang some songs with his accompanist, Bill Charlap, who is obviously a favorite of Bennett's. I thought Charlap's work that night was superb: he obviously both supports and challenges Bennett.
The very next day, one of those crazy accidents: a friend highly recommended a new CD called STARDUST (The Music of Hoagy Carmichael)by someone named Bill Charlap. So, here I am.
Charlap, who the liner notes explain, comes from a musical family (composer dad, singer mom) is a true original: his music is obviously influenced by Bill Evans, but there's also some Fats Waller on one of the pieces and, frankly, the entire album is simply gorgeous: Charlap always lets you know that he respects the tune he's arranged for his trio--they may be improvising but Hoagy Carmichael is never far away. Charlap can be exciting on songs like "Jubilee" which I'd never heard before or mellow on the very familiar "Skylark." And then there's the title track with none other than Shirley Horn. Charlap knows when to put himself on the back burner and let Horn be the star. Best of all, there's Tony Bennett singing the blues with Charlap and his trio (Kenny Washington on drums and Peter Washington on bass) in "I Get Along Without You Very Well." Super.
Many of the Hoagy Carmichael songs were unfamiliar to me; most are the kind of songs (like "The Nearness of You") where you listen and say, "Wow! He wrote THAT great song, too???" HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Crabby Apple Mick Lee on October 7, 2004
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One of the large number of things I don't "get" is recording sessions where the young musician is paired up with one (or more) of his idols. Musicians and record companies seem to eat these things up. One the one hand, it gives the young upcoming artist a chance to meet and play with his musical "mentors". On the other hand, much like throwing spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks, flashes of brilliance may get caught on magnetic tape and replayed through the ages. The actual track record for theses meetings is mostly lackluster. The reasons for this are many. Often times the young musician is so in awe of his legend that he becomes inhibited and plays below his own standard. Almost as often the "legend" himself is past his prime and is no longer able to bring an edge to the proceedings as he once could. Or, as one suspects, there is just no chemistry between them. In any case, I approach these kind of records with the same trepidation I have when invited to supper at a friend's house only to be told that they had never fixed this particular dish before as we begin to sit down to the meal.

Charlap's earlier WRITTEN IN THE STARS was one of my favorite discoveries two years ago. . I thought the Charlap in trio with the two Washingtons was unusually confident and played with an easy grace that I associated with the late Bill Evans. Oddly enough, other's perceptions of Charlap's playing mirror the same assessments once reserved for Evans when he was alive. Many don't hear anything more than you would hear in any cheap cocktail lounge jazz trio in Springfield, Illinois and they resent all the fuss being made of this overrated piano player. Others hear a remarkable introspection and depth in the playing that appears before you almost by stealth.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William R. Strouse on March 18, 2003
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I dislike jazz that sounds like a cat fight and doesn't go anywhere. I like jazz that has direction and that offers a creative interpretation of recognizable melodies. I like jazz that creates a distict mood and transports me to a higher level of consciouness. I don't know a lot about jazz from a technical standpoint but I know what I like when I hear it, such as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Carmen Mcrae and Diana Krall. If you are searching for a jazz CD that is both relaxing and rejuvinating, I would highly recommend both Stardust and Written in the Stars. They have turned into two of my favorites. Happy listening!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 2002
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Charlap once again proves himself the master of 88 keys. His elegant touch, his perfectly realized phrasing, make every album a high point in recent jazz. How wonderful that he has at least 30 years of recording left to give the world. Own all of Charlap, and start here.
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By P. Dommermuth on January 29, 2013
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Haven't figured out how to listen to this yet but know I will like it as it has so much of the music I enjoy
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