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Clarinet phenom Evan Christopher pays homage to his beloved New Orleans with stellar pianist Dick Hyman, one of today's piano legends. An as added bonus, this disc includes liner notes by Dr. Bruce Boyd Raeburn, curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University.
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Now we have Dick Hyman, probably the most complete piano giant around, coupled with the thirty something clarinet phenom, Evan Christopher, doing their thing on a program of five Christopher originals and seven oldies that are reminicent of an earlier period in New Orleans.
The cd begins with Tony Parenti's Vieux Carre and ends with Alex Hill's Delta Bound. Bill Huntington's bass and Sheldon Powell's drums keep everything swinging sweetly. There is a lilt to the music, an infectious, toe tapping, head bobbing, pulse that permeates each tune. It's Hyman and Christopher's recording but Huntington and Powell still play major roles in this one's success.
Evan Chrisopher is absolutely brilliant throughout this disc. He plays with strong feelings, sometimes very emotional, always with taste and eloquence. He's not from the Ken Peplowski/Allen Vache school of technical wizardry although he is obviously well schooled. The 'creole' sound originating from Lorenzo Tio through Sidney Bechet and Barney Bigard is more his lineage.
Dick Hyman needs no introduction. He has been one of the best traditional and mainstream pianists for over fifty years now. He's mastered numerous styles of playing and is an exquisite accompanist. He's still at the top of his game and this cd proves he's still got a trick or two up his sleeve.
This one's easy to listen to yet always offers something more with each play. The seemingly effortless flow of each number is mesmerizing, to say the least. Deeper listening rewards on all levels. It's really one of the best cd's I've heard in years.
All the players are wonderful, but I particularly like how Hyman plays the fewest notes possible to express his ideas. This is a good thing!
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I heard Evan Christopher with Tom McDermott in NOLA 5 or 6 years ago and think Evan is about the best clarinetist around. And Tom is certainly no slouch either. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Huey Pilot