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John Hicks: Something to Live For

One of the more reliable and agreeably refreshing sounds in jazz piano is that of John Hicks, a man who as an infant must have leapt out of the womb swinging; consistency, thy name is John Hicks. For this program of largely Strayhorn tunes, Hicks has returned to the birthplace for Strayhorn, Pittsburgh, PA, where this was recorded. The Pittsburgh flavor extends to his choice of trio mates as he engages that constant energy source of the drums, Cecil Brooks lll (who also produced the date), and Dwayne Dolphin on bass.

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