Exposé Online banner

Dick Hyman / Judy Hyman — Late Last Summer
(Left Ear 641444108725, 2012, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2014-01-25

Late Last Summer Cover artMany of our readers will be familiar with jazz pianist Dick Hyman, whose career has spanned over 50 years and 100 albums. What you may not know, however, is that his daughter Judy is an accomplished violinist and composer in her own right, having worked with Natalie Merchant and alt-trad band The Horse Flies. As Judy says in the liner notes, despite never having worked together “With his 85th and my 60th birthdays approaching, this seems like a beautiful way for us to connect…” And connect they do. Despite the fact that Hyman is primarily a jazz player and that his daughter has built her career as a fiddler these pieces are closer to classical music. Each was written by Judy as a sort of personality profile. “Julie” is about her mom, “Beth” is for her sister, “Hannah” was inspired by another family member, and so on. Then there are the less well-connected references, including “Audubon’s Lucy” and “Wolf Dreams.” This album proves that there are few peers to piano and violin when it comes to illustrating character. Some are lively and spirited while others are stern and no-nonsense. The best have a fragile beauty that is utterly heart-warming. I can see why Judy has become a darling of the NPR set: she’s perfectly suited to immediately accessible musical portraiture. Perhaps just as delightful is discovering what a tasteful and colorful classical pianist Dick Hyman is, especially to have that kind of talent at 85! We should all be so lucky.

Filed under: New releases, 2012 releases

Related artist(s): Dick Hyman

Latest news

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Maxophone - Maxophone – Ah yes, yet another great Italian band. The closest comparison that I can make is with Locanda delle Fate, but that doesn't quite describe Maxophone. While Locanda was a full, rich seven piece that...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues