Today In Jazz

John Hicks’ Rendition of Mary Lou Williams

June 19

Pianist John Hicks (1941-2006) is still sorely missed in the jazz world for his unique ability to blend the traditional and the “avant-garde” into a seamless style all his own. Hicks could function elegantly in any jazz setting, and was also well beloved amongst his peers.

16 years years ago today, he recorded his impressions of Mary Lou Williams’ music, and it is a true classic.

Here are some of the pieces – they’ll stick with you.