Leonard Feather

Hi-Fi Suite

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This joint project by Leonard Feather and Dick Hyman is a bit unusual, as the nine compositions within their Hi-Fi Suite are intended to provide a workout for the listener's audio equipment while also playing swinging music. Most of the songs are named for various audio terms; for example, "Tweeter" showcases Jerome Richardson's piccolo, while "Flutter" features Hyman performing a waltz on organ with bassist Eddie Safranski and drummer Don Lamond. The most interesting solos take place in the blues "Woofer," featuring trumpeter Thad Jones, tuba player Bill Barber, tenor saxophonist Frank Wess, trombonist Benny Powell, and Richardson on alto sax. In spite of the presence of these all-stars, along with Joe Newman, Oscar Pettiford, and Kenny Clarke, most of the music is merely pleasant, but not particularly memorable. In any case, fans of Dick Hyman will likely want to look for this long-deleted MGM LP.

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