Dick Hyman and the Lunar Module
I have something very groovy indeed for you to slide into your earholes this week.
I have had the album you see before you on my shelves for many years, but it had been unjustly neglected until I was flipping through LPs and decided to pull it out and give it a spin.
My instincts tell me that although I own a grip of Dick Hyman records (he has appeared in this space before) , this one did not grab me when I bought it.
That said, exploring it this week, I found much to dig, especially today’s selection (which, oddly enough I own in a truncated version on 45).
Hyman was a prominent NY based studio keyboardist and jazz pianist ( I actually got to see him play back in the 70s when I was a kid) who was associated for years with Enoch Light’s various and sundry projects.
He was also a dedicated explorer and early advocate for the Moog synthesizer. His experiments on the instrument are some of the finest, intellectually stimulating exercises in that particular sub-genre (his version of James Brown’s ‘Give It Up and Turnit A Loose’ from ‘The Age of Electronicus) is a huge fave of mine).
‘The Minotaur’ is a deeply hypnotic piece that presages electronic music of the 70s/80s/90s and beyond, especially stuff like Neu and their followers Stereolab.
Using only the Moog and a rhythm box, Hyman creates a sound with roots in Mediterranean trance music yet firmly on the space age tip.
It is quite trippy once you let it bounce around between your ears for a while.
I dig it a lot and I hope you do too.
See you next week.
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