Welcome to another month of the good ol’ Donkey Show. After half a month of Ocktoberfest music and a full month of showtunes, I decided to go back to posting good (or at least interesting) records. So what a better way to start than with a selection from Command Records and their Provocative series. This was $4.00. I buy pretty much any Command record I come across at a decent price. I realize this is on the high end. Also, although I wanted to cut down on the number of gatefold albums this month, I still choose this one to start the month rolling. Command Records being known for their love of gatefold, perhaps I should have reconsidered.
On that note, I guess this is a good time as any to announce the administrative change to this blog. Starting this month, I am setting my upper spent limit to $8.00. This is quite a jump from the previous $5 but I am finding that record prices have increased slightly over the last year and in order to get in decent stuff, the increase had to be made. I have mixed feelings about it but the decision has been made and I am prepared to move on from it. Please note though that the preference will still be on the $1 albums.
Dick Hyman, jazz pianist of renown, has been on this site before. I would think his association with Enoch Light’s Command Records would speak for itself and put him in an upper echelon of musicians of the period. Besides his work in jazz, Hyman did some very important work in electronic music as well as soundtrack work for movies and TV.
This year, Hyman will be named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. That is if it has not happened already or if the program’s budget has not been slashed yet.
Anyway, this record, produced by Light, came out in 1960 and features Hyman’s piano pretty prominently. A good mix of songs from “Canadian Sunset”, Autumn Leaves”, and “Miserlou” as well as works from Chopin and Tchaikovsky. As with most Command Records, I enjoyed it.