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Green-Up Time It Never Was You Foolish Heart To Love You And To Lose You Speak Now Moon faced, Starry-eyed Sing Me Not A Ballad Lost In The Stars My Ship Trouble Man One Life To Live This Is New September Song How Much I Love You
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Customer Reviews (2)
- "Magical!"Review by Big Toots
With September Song, celebrated and multi-talented pianist Dick Hyman – himself no stranger to great compositions and productions - runs through 14 of Kurt Weill’s works in the highest and most elegant style – the classic (“September Song,” “My Ship,” “Speak Low”) and the obscure (the flitty “Green-Up Time,” and the rag-like “Moon-Faced and Starry-eyed”). As will be obvious in listening here, Hyman, playing solo piano throughout, has awesome virtuoso technique – at times flourishing Tatum-esque runs, cascades and arpeggios and at others displaying a technique that perfectly seams with the more Romantic and theatrical aspect of Weill’s melodies. There are also shades of orchestral stylings in Hyman’s playing as the emotional impact of Weill’s writing is delivered superbly. Weill and Hyman seem to be musically simpatico - a pair of birds of a common musical feather – and they certainly fly high here.
Weill’s pen was more Classical than a pure jazz style and with September Song Hyman’s playing is appropriately sublime. He brilliantly uses his broad-ranging dynamic intensity throughout the album to mirror same in Weill’s compositions (“Sing Me Not a Ballad,” “Lost in the Stars,” and “Moon-Faced and Starry-eyed”). Highlights include the eponymous title selection as well as the beautifully undulating “My Ship” (later brought to jazz audiences via the classic Gil Evans-Miles Davis collaborations).
“September Song” is one of those gorgeous albums that seem best played when the mind is clear and one can allow one’s dreams to take flight as co-pilots Weill and Hyman man the musical cockpit.
(Posted on 6/4/2015)
- September SongReview by Simon Sez
This is one of Hyman’s first albums, dating from 1952. He plays 14 Kurt Weill songs, some of which are well known including “Speak Low,” “My Ship,” and “September Song,” but many of which are pretty obscure. No matter, Hyman does a great job of stating the melody and then coming up with solos that keep the melody in mind. This album shows that he was a master from the start of his career.
Simon Sez: Dick Hyman, on Plays The Music Of Kurt Weill (Proscenium 01), performs 14 of Weill’s best songs and does them justice. (Posted on 5/6/2014)
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