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Meral Guneyman with Dick Hyman: Playful Virtuosity

Meral Guneyman has won many awards as a classical concert pianist and has performed with Michael Tilson Thomas, Leon Fleischer and the Pittsburgh and Baltimore Symphonies. Dick Hyman is the octogenarian master of all jazz piano styles, best known for his investigations of early jazz forms. Guneyman (who is “familiar with jazz piano conventions”) and Hyman played a duo concert at Carnegie Hall in 2004, which led to this studio recording.

Playful Virtuosity, with its quaint, ornate, tuxedo-and-formal-gown stylizations of relics like “Fascinatin’ Rhythm,” “Liza” and “Back Home Again in Indiana” is a hardcore hipster’s nightmare.

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