CD Two of a Kind [John Hicks] (CD 967834),
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Two of a Kind [John Hicks]

  • 1. I'll Be Around
    2. Take the Coltrane
    3. Very Early
    4. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
    5. For Heaven's Sake
    6. Come Rain or Come Shine
    7. Rose Without a Thorn, A
    8. Without a Song
    9. Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, A
    10. Parisian Thoroughfare
    11. Springtime Fantasy
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 22017

  • Credits
    EngineerMark Needham

    Personnel: John Hicks (piano); Ray Drummond (bass).
    Producers: Ray Drummond, Allen Pittman, John Hicks.
    Recorded at Bear West Studios, San Francisco, California. Includes liner notes by Ray Drummond.
    Pianist John Hicks and bassist Ray Drummond had not worked together often when they recorded the 11 tracks on this '80 session. Neither was the consensus star that they are in the '90s, but they were already accomplished soloists. Their union yielded some superb, distinctive playing on this collection of mostly standards. Hicks nicely outlined the basic melodies, then began probing their structure, reworking and restating, finding his own directions and expressing fresh thoughts without distorting the songs. Drummond's heavy yet sometimes barely audible basslines were both supportive and compelling, at times contrasting Hicks and at other times establishing its own direction. They were a true duo, each player conscious of the other but able to make his own way. ~ Ron Wynn

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (5/92, p.53) - 5 Stars - Excellent - "...a lovely duo album...The pianist's lyrical, Evans-like voicings set the mood while the bassist's fat, bear-hug notes add to the warmth..."
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