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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Brasilian Impressions - Dick Hyman

Eleanor Rigby
Brasilian Impressions
Dick Hyman
Piano and Woodwinds
Arrangements: Dick Hyman
Cover art by Charles E Murphy
Engineers: Robert Fine and George Piros
Originated and Produced by Loren Becker and Robert Byrne
Command Records RS 911 SD

Lush, sophisticated arrangements flavored, from time to time, with a hint of the pop sound you hear in many Command LPs from the period. Good stuff!

Session musicians: Joe Wilder, Clare Terry, Phil Bodner, Stanley Webb, Romeo Penque, Walt Levinsky, Jimmy Abato, Johnny Mince, Bob Haggart, Bobby Rosengarden, Phil Kraus and Johnny Pacheco

From the notes: "Bossa Nova," he (Hyman) points out, "is not an accurate term any more. It is now being used generically to cover things that go well beyond the earlier conception of bossa nova. Bossa nova was a development of the samba but now there are all kinds of other sambas being played. This new music also has more jazz in it than the bossa nova did and the exact bossa nova beat is now often implied rather than specifically played."

The overall sound he (Hyman) had in mind started with the woodwind chamber works of the great Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. But it also included the unusual woodwind approach to jazz of the Alec Wilder Octet, a group with which that American composer recorded on several occasions in the late 1940s

A Time For Love
Samba De Duas Notas
Mas Que Nada
A Message To Mchael
Song Of The Jet
Jazz 'N' Samba
Eleanor Rigby
A Day In The Life Of A Fool
O Barquinho

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