CD I Remember You [John Hicks] (CD 4668727),
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I Remember You [John Hicks]

  • 1. Reflections
    2. I Remember You
    3. Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, A
    4. All Of You
    5. Solar
    6. I Want to Talk About You
    7. Everytime We Say Goodbye
    8. Upper Manhattan Medical Group
    9. Nutty
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): HIN 757191 C

  • Credits

    This posthumously issued solo piano recording by John Hicks was done in 2006 at a concert in New Hope, Pennsylvania, comprising nine standards ranging from American popular songs to post-bop as well as compositions by Thelonious Monk. The consummate musical linguist, Hicks settles into a no-time ballad format for at least half of the program, takes the razor sharp edges off of the Monk pieces, and wends his brilliant way through the standards as if he'd played them by memory. There's a lengthy stretch in the middle of the performance where Hicks strings together elegiac, languid versions of "I Want To Talk About You," "Everytime We Say Goodbye," and "Upper Manhattan Medical Group" as if a prelude to a somber occasion, perhaps an acknowledgement of his pending passing. The Monk tunes "Reflections" and "Nutty" bookend the program, and you can clearly hear a softer focus, with delicate variations, maybe missing a note on the melody of the former, while straying off the path into minor modes on the latter. His take of "Solar" is the gem of the set, taking liberties with expansive reharmonizations and modal incursions to reinvent this piece from within. There's nothing rote in his version of the deep and hypnotic "All Of You" either. Where Hicks was primarily an ensemble performer, it's good to hear him alone with his beloved piano, making subtle and substantive music from the heart.

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