John Hicks

Two of a Kind

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Pianist John Hicks and bassist Ray Drummond had not worked together often when they recorded the 11 tracks on this '80 session. Neither was the consensus star that they are in the '90s, but they were already accomplished soloists. Their union yielded some superb, distinctive playing on this collection of mostly standards. Hicks nicely outlined the basic melodies, then began probing their structure, reworking and restating, finding his own directions and expressing fresh thoughts without distorting the songs. Drummond's heavy yet sometimes barely audible basslines were both supportive and compelling, at times contrasting Hicks and at other times establishing its own direction. They were a true duo, each player conscious of the other but able to make his own way.

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