Dick Wellstood

Live at the Cookery

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One of the great stride pianists of the postwar years, Dick Wellstood also had a strong sense of humor (which can be heard on this LP in his talking to the audience) and a constant desire to stretch himself. This live solo date (long overdue to be reissued on CD) finds Wellstood playing a lot of unusual material, including "Paganini's Thing," Jelly Roll Morton's obscure "If You Knew," McCoy Tyner's "Search for Peace," and Zez Confrey's "Jim Jams." Wellstood, who also contibutes a few originals and romps on "If Dreams Come True," is heard throughout in prime form, making this a must (if it can be found) for fans of early jazz piano.

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