Live at Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Volume 41
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- Released: July 26, 2004
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Concord Records
- 1.In Your Own Sweet Way
- 2.Waltz for Debby
- 3.The Carpal Tunnel Blues
- 4.Maybeck Sketch, No. 1
- 5.I Get a Kick Out of You
- 6.Never Let Me Go
- 7.Witch Hunt
- 8.Maybeck Sketch, No. 2
- 9.I Hear a Rhapsody
- 10.Twilight World
Solo performer: Allen Farnham (piano).
Personnel: Allen Farnham (piano).
Liner Note Author: Gary Walker.
Recording information: Maybeck Recital Hall, Berkeley, CA (06/12/1994).
Photographer: James Gudeman.
Volume 41 of the long-running Maybeck Recital Hall series finds Allen Farnham trying his hand at the solo piano game and scoring well in this all-revealing format. While employing many of the devices that Maybeck followers have come to know and expect -- the bop-centered foundation, the Tatum interjections, outbreaks of stride, the Bill Evans-influenced harmonies, a few classical borrowings -- Farnham uses them in a more musical, affecting way than most. Listen to the sly, elegant way in which he slips into the closing bars of "I Hear a Rhapsody"; the man has taste and a sense of structure. In addition to a handful of standards -- including an "In Your Own Sweet Way" with allusions to Brubeck's chordal manner and a nice "Waltz for Debby" -- Farnham contributes a couple of interesting improvisations entitled "Maybeck Sketches, No. 1" and "No. 2," and a sardonic reminder of the malady that threatens all keyboardists, "The Carpal Tunnel Blues." ~ Richard S. Ginell
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