Strange as it seems, pianist Dick Hyman was not present at the recording session that resulted in this CD.
A computer floppy disc of the date was sent to California where it was recorded direct to CD.
But more important than the technology involved is the music itself.
Sometimes Hyman seems to take these pieces a little too seriously, treating "African Ripples" and "Viper's Drag" as if they were classical music but, to his credit, his treatment of the Waller compositions (mixing in the familiar with obscurities such as an enthusiastic "I'm Goin' To See My Ma" and a very complex version of "Bach Up To Me") does not attempt to copy Fats' style.
A surprisingly uptempo version of "Stealin' Apples" and a thoughtful rendition of "Ain't Misbehavin'" are among the highpoints.