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John Hicks: Trio Plus Strings

Surely John Hicks is known to all as a top-notch pianist, and a man who is so accomplished as an accompanist himself will select superior musicians like Steve Novosel and Ronnie Burrage (Steve Williams drums on one track) as his rhythm team as a matter of course. Strings are not everyone’s bag, but Larry Willis’ arrangements are unobtrusive and quite interesting on their own. What I do have trouble with is the flute very much in the center of things-nothing against Elise Wood but there’s not 10% of jazz flute that I actively enjoy and half of that is Dolphy.

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