Dick Hyman

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Eubie! Review

by Scott Yanow

Shortly after Eubie Blake's death at age 100, Dick Hyman recorded 11 of Blake's compositions on this set of piano solos. The music ranges from the 1899 "Charleston Rag," hits such as "Memories of You," "I'm Just Wild About Harry," and the touching "I'd Give a Dollar for a Dime" to Blake's final composition, "It Was Well Worth the While." Hyman captures Blake's sound perfectly while also stretching out in his own more virtuosic style. Includes "Wild Dog," "Black and Blue Bottom," "Wild Cat," "Pretty Trix," and "Cheese and Crackers." A very enjoyable set.