Dave Frank: You Stepped Out of a Dream


You Stepped Out of a Dream


Dave Frank (piano)


Turning It Loose (Jazzheads JH 1165)

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Dave Frank (piano).

Composed by Herb Brown & Gus Kahn


Recorded: New York, April 2007 and May 2008


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

When I first heard Sarah Vaughan sing this Gus Kahn & Herb Brown song, it immediately became one of my favorite renditions of the standard. Later I was exposed to the idiosyncratic texturing of the same tune by the inimitable Anthony Braxton, and despite the vastly different approach I was equally hooked. Like all great vehicles of expression, this song can be used to great effect in many different ways.

Now comes a version by pianist Dave Frank that gives us a whole new take. He starts off with his relentlessly walking left-hand variations, slowly introducing the melody with imaginative musings on his wildly frenetic right hand. Frank clearly demonstrates the influence of his one-time teacher Lennie Tristano as he plays with an inventive, machinegun-like technique. After a carefully placed break, he employs a completely different left-handed approach that plays contrapuntally to the masterfully fluid improvisations of his blindingly quick right hand. With this offering, Dave Frank has created a rendition of this timeless song that will remain a member of my select elite.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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