- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing; Pap/DVD edition (25 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617740195
- ISBN-13: 978-1617740190
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.1 x 30.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 947,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dick Hyman's Century Of Jazz Piano Transcribed! Paperback – 25 May 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
The sheet music is excellent. The transcriptions are spot on, and Hyman covers a large spectrum of Jazz Piano styles. Be warned; a lot of this is very difficult. Apart from the individual exercises there isn't much in this volume that falls below grade 6 in classical terms, and some of the pieces are grade 8 or higher. Particularly the Art Tatum inspired renditions!
Sadly now comes the downside to this review. Tonight I decided to watch some of the DVD to hear one of the pieces I'd been trying to play. As soon as I started playing "Someone to Watch Over Me" I had to turn the sound down very quickly as the distortion was pretty bad. After a while you get used to it, at lower volumes, but I'm surprised that nobody else has picked up on this in any of the reviews on Amazon UK or .com, or for that matter Hal Leonard.
I've tried the DVD in two different players, with the same result. Neither machine produces distortion for any other disc I've played recently, and I've tried another disc after the Hyman disc and got no distortion. I've also checked my TV, which is not producing distortion through the speakers either.
I could just have been unlucky, and received one of a poor batch. Its such a shame as with good sound the product would be exemplary.
So my 4 stars are 5 for the sheet music, and grudgingly 3 for the DVD.
Dick Hyman is 'one' of my favourite exponents when it comes to jazz piano playing.
It is a meaty book...................."all dat meat and no potatoes". Let me explain.
It is what it states: the development of jazz throughout the last century.
Most of the examples within the book, have been recorded by Dick Hyman, himself.
The novice can only marvel at the virtuosity of the more complex examples.
The novice will never reach such a high standard, no matter how many hours he/she may devote to them. The way forward for the novice is to develop a style of their own....How to create that style is a mystery to all us plodders. Such a book: 'A Journey into Embellishment', as an example, has yet to be published...............Simple melodies, with advice, and ways on how to expand them into something of our own creation, is what is required on music shelves.....This book created by Dick Hyman deserves 5 stars, the book is impressive but is aimed at the top echelon of gifted pianists: the musical arrangements are way beyond my ability.
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Note to the author: Dick, I know that this might be a bit tame for you, but would you create a similar book on cocktail piano in the same style, giving your thoughts, how you think about playing technique, about chord substitutions, etc.? That would be another wonderful work. Thank you for sharing your expertise.
you name it.
I have NEVER come across anything like this.
You pop in the DVD and here's Dick Hyman playing and talking non-stop for 2 hours in awesome audio and video.
But here's the kicker: Every word he says and every note he plays is transcribed PRECISELY in the book!
The material is jumpin' jazz: phenomenal and historically significant.
Dick played at Birdland with Lester Young, scored films for Woody Allen, and arranged for Count Basie, Doc Serverinsen and NBC TV.
Bobbing your head back and forth from screen to book
will give you a cozmic buzz.
I'm lovin' it!
A Must for the pianist!!