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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HighNote Records
  • ASIN: B00000AGFM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sturdy jazz pianist John Hicks gives assertively accessible readings to an album's worth of Billy Strayhorn's gems on this fine trio recording. From the very well known--"Satin Doll" and "Lush Life"--to the more obscure--"Ummg," "Summary," and "Blood Count"--Hicks reveals the inner workings of Strayhorn's intricately haunted world. Aided and abetted by the understated prodding of Dwayne Dolphin on bass and Cecil Brooks III on drums, Hicks's straightforward, introspective renditions showcase the brilliance and timelessness of Strayhorn's jazz subtlety. If we think of Strayhorn's songs as the singer, Hicks effectively plays the role of an extremely supportive sideman--telling us more about the songs than about himself. This mature approach speaks volumes about John Hicks and even more about his respect for Billy Strayhorn's artistry. --Wally Shoup

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Transfigured Knight on March 29, 2008
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"Something To Live For: A Billy Strayhorn Songbook," was released on Highnote Records in 1998 and is probably one of the best albums pianist John Hicks has recorded. Hicks, who was a criminally underrated jazz pianist, takes us on a remarkable journey with these Billy Strayhorn compositions. He clearly displays his touch and sensitivity on piano. He played with such an emotional and technical prowess that it's just amazing he wasn't as well known as he was.

The music, as with anything, has to speak for itself. There are only a couple of words that can sum this recording up: beautiful, lyrical, swinging, and sophisticated. Hicks is accompanied by two very fine musicians: Dwayne Dolphin on bass and Cecil Brooks III. Both of these musicians provide the right amount of support and show they are flexible enough to take the music into different areas.

If you really enjoy jazz piano trio, then pick this one up. Highly recommended.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 29, 2003
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John Hicks and his trio have released a number of CD's of the music of jazz artist with links to Pittsburgh. All are uniformly excellent, however, the Stryhorn set reaches into what is probably the best konw song book of the series and not so much re-interperts the songs but opens them up in a way that only a true master can. This trio provides a new apprecation of these songs without seperating them from their history.
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By scott Taylor on January 23, 2014
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Absolutely amazing piano work, I just started listening to Mr. Hicks his music and I am amazed to hear such fine piano.
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