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Dick Hyman/Chris Hopkins: Teddy Wilson in 4 Hands

I hereby cop that piano duos annoy me. Something seems wrong about the format-like a basketball game with two basketballs. (Granted, many pianists find it fun. Perhaps basketball players occasionally find it amusing to play with two balls-in games that don’t count.)

Then there is the corniness factor. When asking current listeners to get with old songs played in vintage swing and stride styles, oom-pahs from an extra pianist in the left channel don’t help. The best places to start on this album are the solo performances, where it is easier to perceive the timelessness of Dick Hyman’s formal elegance (“I’ll Never Be the Same”), and the poise of Chris Hopkins’ legato refinement (“These Foolish Things”).

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