Dick Hyman


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Any number of songs from the hit musicals (especially My Fair Lady) created by composer Frederick Loewe with lyricist Alan Jay Lerner have remained popular in the long run, but fate has not been as kind to the music from Gigi. Still, the success at the time of this popular Broadway musical turned into a film prompted this 1956 trio session, featuring pianist Dick Hyman, bassist Eddie Safranski, and drummer Don Lamond. The session more than does justice to ten appealing melodies, the best known of which is "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," a piece forever associated with French singer Maurice Chevalier, and which the trio swings in a brisk setting. Their funky treatment of "I Remember It Well" almost suggests Gene Harris. Erroll Garner's influence is obvious in the buoyant interpretation of "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore." Long out of print like far too many of Dick Hyman's early recordings as a leader, this MGM LP will be tough to find.

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