John Hicks Hells Bells 180g LP
180g High Quality Pressing!
Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering!
Pianist John Hicks performs here in a trio setting with drummer Cliff Barbaro and bassist Clint Houston, recorded May 21, 1975, in London, England.
"John Hicks (1941-2006) gave much to jazz over several decades but never really
received the appreciation he so richly deserved. As a pianist, he proved himself
in the Art Blakey and Betty Carter universities. He was also the prototypical
musician's musician, a first-call pianist for many jazz greats and a magnificent
accompanist to the art's best saxists, including Pharoah Sanders, Arthur Blythe,
Chico Freeman, Archie Shepp, and David Murray.
"He was often accused of hovering in McCoy Tyner's shadow, which is unfair and
untrue. But he evinced a great fondness for Coltrane's music and was often heard
on many a Coltrane tribute, showing affection for the saxophonist and his
appreciation for Tyner's contribution to Coltrane's finest music.
"Another facet of John Hicks' career, which gets even less attention than his
wondrous playing, is his ability to craft identifiable compositions that are
wandering and melodic, suggestive and malleable yet memorable all at once. It
would be difficult to conceive the ideal tribute to John Hicks. As a jazz
contributor, he wasn't easily pigeon-holed. While he was always a (straight)
jazz player, he skirted the edges of free jazz and pure romanticism that neither
side ever appreciates in the other. But both camps could find moments of joyous
life in all the ways Hicks chose to express himself. He was an unmistakably
perfect accompanist in any mode." — AllAboutJazz.com
• 180g Vinyl
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Re-mastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London
• Made in the U.K.
John Hicks, piano
Clint Houston, bass
Cliff Barbaro, drums
1. Hells Bells
2. Angies Tune