Dick Wellstood

Live at Cafe Des Copains

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For this live solo album from Toronto, pianist Dick Wellstood mostly plays remakes of songs he had recorded earlier (including "Jingle Bells," "The Entertainer" and "Rubber Duckie") plus a variety of veteran swing-era standards. Wellstood was one of the top stride pianists of the past 50 years (along with Ralph Sutton) yet had a strong musical curiosity that reached beyond early jazz as can be heard in some of his improvisations. Excellent music.