OF THINGS GONE BY - The hal schaefer trio
Recorded live at the Volen Center - 2009
Hal Schaefer - How Do You Like This Piano Playing?


This album was recorded live on April 26, 2009, at the Volen Center in Boca Raton, Florida.

Proceeds benefit the center's adult day care scholarship fund and GLBT initiative.

Producers: Charles Bryant and Brenda Bryant.

Personnel: Hal Schaefer, piano; Paul Shewchuk, bass; Orlando Hernandez, drums

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1. April in Paris: Duke and Harburg 6. You Stepped Out of a Dream: Brown and Kahn
2. As Time Goes By: Hupfeld 7. Exactly Like You: Fields and McHugh
3. The Days of Wine and Roses: Mancini and Mercer 8. At Long Last Love: Cole Porter
Vocal by Hal Schaefer
4. I Can't Get Started With You: Duke
Bass Solo by Paul Shewchuk
9. Of Things Gone By: Schaefer
5. Where or When: Rogers and Hart 10. I'll Be Seeing You: Fain
  11. Get Out of Town: Porter


I knew Hal Schaefer long before I met him. When I was a kid I loved those wonderful musical films from 20th Century Fox, and Hal made most of those possible. And now, in his 80s, he is in a perfect place: creating the high art of fabulous jazz.

The Volen Center concert highlights more than a generation of creativity. With the fine bassist, Paul Shewchuck (don't miss his bass solo on the album) and the equally terrific Orlando Hernandez on drums (a last-minute stand in, by the way, who had never played with Hal), this mix of musical talent marks a special moment in a long career.

The intellectual center of the concert is “Of Things Gone By,” originally performed for the RCA Victor Jazz Workshop in 1955. This piece demonstrates, without sentimentality, a depth of emotional understanding that is the hallmark of Hal's work. All of the music gives us a perspective that would not exist without Hal's special musical point of view, and he even includes a vocal for “At Long Last Love,” demonstrating for us that this “singing teacher,” as he calls himself for one part of his work, really knows how to phrase a lyric and belt out a tune.

It is rare for anyone in jazz to demonstrate this kind of musical range, and it is even more rare for someone at this point in his musical career to move us with a constantly exciting technique at the piano that belies an age when most of us would be retired. Thank God that Hal has not succumbed to that theory and that we may still be able to introduce him in the near future with the same phrase that Duke Ellington used, "Now you're gonna hear a real piano player!"

--Charles, Bryant, Co-producer

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