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Hyman, Dick / Kitten On The Keys: The Music of Zez Confrey
Album:Kitten On The Keys: The Music of Zez Confrey Collection:General
Artist:Hyman, Dick Added:09/2011
Label:Cembal D'amour 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-09-11 Pull Date:2011-11-13 
Week Ending:13 Nov16 Oct9 Oct18 Sep

 Recent Airplay
1.Nov 09, 2011:Buford J. Sharkley's Themeless Escapades
[2:09] Dizzy Fingers [Ragtime]
3.Oct 05, 2011:Buford J. Sharkley's Themeless Escapades
[3:06] Lullaby From Mars
2.Oct 12, 2011:Buford J. Sharkley's Themeless Escapades
[2:02] Parade Of The Jumping Beans
4.Sep 16, 2011:The Songsmith Show
[3:25] My Pet [Ragtime]

Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2011-09-06 
[Coll]: (Ragtime) Confrey, Zez / Mordecai Shehori Plays his Kitten on the Keys, Dizzy Fingers and other piano novelties
Label: Cembal d’amour

Larry K.
Reviewed: 2011-09-06


Zez Confrey participated with George Gershwin in the famous 1924 Paul Whiteman Orchestra premier of Rhapsody in Blue. Confrey used Ragtime as his starting point, but his pieces are each unique portraits. The image behind Kitten on the Keys is clear, as is the speedy mouse in Mouse’s Hooves, and the virtuoso pianist in Dizzy Fingers. Whimsical mechanical entities are portrayed in Grandfather’s Clock, Tap Dance of the Chimes, Nickel in the Slot and Rag Doll Dimples. Lullaby from Mars conjures up menacing little green men, Greenwich Witch a dangerous hussy, and feelings of tenderness and longing break out in Meandering, Anticipation, Wistfulness and Time for Mademoiselle. Musical parodies appear in Humorestless after Dvorák’s Humoresque, and Spring Song after Mendelssohn. Mighty Lackawanna is tranquil, Sparkling Water elegant, and Valse Mirage exotic, while Champagne truly bubbles. Rhythm Venture is a syncopated Bacchanalia, and Charleston Chuckles energetic. Stumbling evokes early ice-skating attempts, and Movie Ballet graceful choreography. You Tell’Em, Ivories is whimsical.
Recommended for Ragtime: #s 1, 3, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 27; for melody: #s 2, 9

1. [3:20] Kitten on the Keys
2. [3:14] Meandering
3. [2:09] Dizzy Fingers
4. 2:11] Spring Song (after Mendelssohn)
5. [2:56] Mouse’s Hooves
6. [3:06] Lullaby from Mars
7. [3:36] Anticipation
8. [3:39] Tune for Mademoiselle
9. [2:24] Tap Dance of the Chimes
10. [3:25] My Pet
11. [2:32] Mighty Lackawanna
12. [1:28] Sparkling Water (Valse Brillante)
13. [2:47] Greenwich Witch
14. [3:08] Grandfather’s Clock
15. [2:56] Coaxing the Piano
16. [4:02] Movie Ballet
17. [2:02] Charlestown Chuckles
18. [3:06] Wistfulness
19. [3:00] Nickel in the Slot
20. [2:56] You Tell ‘Em, Ivories
21. [2:36] Humorestless (After Dvorák)
22. [2:36] Rag Doll Dimples
23. [2:38] Valse Mirage
24. [1:41] Blumenlied (Flower Song after Lange)
25. [2:13] Rhythm Venture
26. [2:18] Champagne
27. [2:24] Stumbling
28. [2:02] Parade of the Jumping Beans

Track Listing
1.[3:20] Kitten On The Keys [Ragtime] 15.[2:56] Coaxing The Piano [Ragtime]
2.[3:14] Meandering 16.[4:02] Movie Ballet
3.[2:09] Dizzy Fingers [Ragtime] 17.[2:02] Charlestown Chuckles [Ragtime]
4.Spring Song (After Mendelssohn) 18.[3:06] Wistfulness
5.[2:56] Mouse's Hooves 19.[3:00] Nickel In The Slot [Ragtime]
6.[3:06] Lullaby From Mars 20.[2:56] You Tell ?Em, Ivories
7.[3:36] Anticipation 21.[2:36] Humorestless (After Dvorák)
8.[3:39] Tune For Mademoiselle 22.[2:36] Rag Doll Dimples
9.[2:24] Tap Dance Of The Chimes 23.[2:38] Valse Mirage
10.[3:25] My Pet [Ragtime] 24.[1:41] Blumenlied (Flower Song After Lange)
11.[2:32] Mighty Lackawanna 25.[2:13] Rhythm Venture
12.[1:28] Sparkling Water (Valse Brillante) 26.[2:18] Champagne
13.[2:47] Greenwich Witch [Ragtime] 27.[2:24] Stumbling [Ragtime]
14.[3:08] Grandfather's Clock 28.[2:02] Parade Of The Jumping Beans