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John Hicks: Live at the Jazz Corner of the World, Jammin' Uptown & Mind Wine: The Music of John Hicks
by Graham L. Flanagan
Mickey Bass New York Powerhouse EnsembleLive at the Jazz Corner of the WorldEarly Bird2009 Alvin QueenJammin' UptownNilva-Just a Memory2008 John Hicks Legacy BandMind Wine: The Music of John HicksSavant2008 When pianist John Hicks passed away back in May of 2006, the jazz community lost one of ...read more
by Douglas Payne
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 ...read more
by John Barron
John Hicks (1941-2006) was a musician's musician; a player who was held in high regard by his peers as a versatile performer who could elevate any ensemble. With Mind Wine: The Music of John Hicks, Hicks' wife, flautist Elise Wood-Hicks and pianist Larry Willis co-lead a group of the late pianist's long-time associates for a celebration of one of the most distinguished jazz personalities of the last forty years.
With the exception of Duke Ellington's Single Petal of a Rose," ...read more
by Mark Corroto
The passing of pianist John Hicks in 2006 marks the loss of one of the quintessential New York pianists. And this, perhaps his last recording, is a stunning example of a fully developed bebop piano trio in flight.
Hicks gained the spotlight working with Art Blakey, Betty Carter and Woody Herman in the 1960s and '70s. He then migrated to avant-garde saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and David Murray before returning to the hard bop sounds of his Keystone Trio ...read more
by Nic Jones
This polite set effectively closes the recording chapter of the late pianist John Hicks' life--and on an equally fundamental level, it might leave listeners ruing the fact that a lot of the music is simply made somewhat anonymous by the presence of too many musicians.
The opening One Peaceful Moment" is given a wistfully melancholic reading, which in itself makes a sadly belated case for Hicks the composer, and when tenor player Javon Jackson joins Hicks for a duo reading ...read more
by Russ Musto
For those listeners who are not yet cognizant of his status as one of the most eminent virtuoso piano players in the history of jazz, this newest release by John Hicks is as good a place as any to start. Hicks is, regrettably, rarely as recognized as those of two slightly senior contemporaries, McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock, with whom he shares (respectively) an opulent orchestral sound and a spare engaging melodicism.
This rare combination of musical ...read more