How would you like your kid to play like Dick Hyman? Or how about Art Tatum or Fats Waller or Eubie Blake? Count Basie or Duke Ellington or how about King Cole? Anyone for Meade Lux Lewis?
All of the above can be yours on a new interactive CD-ROM from the commander of electric eclectics himself, Moogmeister of "The Minotaur" and "Topless Dancers of Corfu" with a side of "Green Onions." Here are studies of the originators of influential styles in traditional jazz by an electronic keyboard whiz who paid his dues in Enoch Light's Light Brigade with the Carsonogenic Doc Severinson.
Are those etudes of Chopin getting you down? Are you disgusted with Debussy or sated with Satie? This may be how Hyman can make your own prodigy/progeny the coolest and strangest keyboard virtuosos of the coming millennium.
Hyman explores virtual reality in this cybertronic extension of his earlier experiments. That this venture would take a heuristic form of pedagogy is a sign of Daddy-O's musical maturity as he passes on his aesthetic experiences to future generations.
The 5+ hour disc features Hyman's commentary on 103 tunes by 60 artists including several new originals. The music is placed in its social milieu with a tour of night spots from Storyville and The Cotton Club to Greenwich Village and Carnegie Hall by way of Chicago and Kansas City as well as 500+ pages of bios and discographies by pianist Joel Simpson.
And are there videos! Would you believe it? Albert Ammons, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Erroll Garner, Herbie Hancock, Earl Hines, Pete Johnson, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Mary Lou Williams, Teddy Wilson and more! Wow!
On top of this visual cornucopia, the Pro version features a MIDI studio where songs can be looped and studied note-for-note at any tempo on a virtual keyboard. Sort of a play by the numbers for Y2K. Go for it kids!
You can try an interactive demo website @ jssmusic.com or call 1-800-557-7894 or write 902 Montegut, NOLA 70117.