The story behind this recording even existing is related in the self-deprecating liner notes by Hyman himself. He writes of being recommended for the job by Teddy Wilson himself. The seminal and gentlemanly pianist was one of Hyman’s former teachers. Hyman looked upon the job as a necessary and welcome respite from a busy life as a New York City studio musician performing often in the august company of other jazz greats as Bobby Rosengarden and Milt Hinton. He describes the age old distractions of the sole pianist performing in a busy restaurant, "busy waiters would crash baskets of silverware during my most subtle musings, patrons would chatter, and in those days smokers exhaled freely."
But there was also the occasional celebrity, a regular listing in the New Yorker, and the opportunity to get back in touch with "my jazz roots." A four year stand at the Cookery resulted and, on one of the Sunday evening, Hyman brought a small Sony cassette recorder with a built-in microphone and placed it on the piano. Years later, old friend Jeff Baker deemed the recording of sufficient quality for commercial release and thus we have the bit of jazz history presented here. The quality of the recording is excellent, considering the source and ambient room noises are engineered so as to be only minimally distracting.