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Three Rare Pianists

Geoffrey Smith surveys the rugged individuality and subtle wit of jazz pianists Herbie Nichols, Richard Twardzik and Elmo Hope.

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.

Herbie Nichols, Richard Twardzik and Elmo Hope may not be the best known of jazz pianists, but their rugged individuality and subtle wit have made them favourites with connoisseurs - and with Geoffrey Smith, who surveys their achievement.

1 hour

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Sun 23 Apr 2017 00:00

Music Played

  • Richard Twardzik

    A Crutch for the Crab

    Composer: Twardzik Performers: Richard Twardzik, p; Carson Smith, b; Peter Littman, d. December 1954

    • Richard Freeman and Richard Twardzik Trio.
    • Pacific Jazz.
    • CDP74688612 Tr. 19 (3.18).
  • Richard Twardzik

    Albuquerque Social Swim

    Composer: Twardzik Performers: Richard Twardzik, p; Carson Smith, b; Peter Littman, d. December 1954

    • Richard Freeman and Richard Twardzik Trio.
    • Pacific Jazz.
    • CDP 74688612 Tr. 13 (3.04).
  • Serge Chaloff

    The Fable of Mable

    Composer: Twardzik Performers: Serge Chaloff, bs; Dick Twardzik, p; Herb Pomeroy, Nick Capazutto, t; Gene di Stachio, tb; Charlie Mariano, as; Varty Haritounian, ts; Ray Oliveri, b; Jimmy Zitano, d. September 1954

    • Boss Baritone.
    • Proper.
    • P1730. Tr.14 (4.15).
  • Chet Baker Quartet

    Rondette

    Composer: Zieff Performers: Chet Baker, t; Dick Twardzik, p; Jimmy Bond, b; Peter Littman, d. October 1955.

    • The Chet Baker Quartet, vol. 1.
    • Felsted Records.
    • PDL85008 S.1 / Tr. 1.
  • Herbie Nichols

    The Gig

    Composer: Nichols Performers: Herbie Nichols, p; Al McKibbon, b; Max Roach, d. 1 August 1955

    • Herbie Nichols Trio: Complete Studio Master Takes.
    • Lonehill Jazz.
    • LHJ10188 (2); D1, Tr. 13 (4.22).
  • Herbie Nichols

    2300 Skiddoo

    Composer: Nichols Performers: Herbie Nichols, p; Al McKibbon, b; Art Blakey, d. 6 May 1955

    • Herbie Nichols Trio: Complete Studio Master Takes.
    • Lonehill Jazz.
    • LHJ10188 (2); D1, Tr. 9 (4.41).
  • Herbie Nichols

    Lady Sings the Blues

    Composer: Nichols Performers: Herbie Nichols, p; Al McKibbon, b; Max Roach, d. 1 August 1955

    • Herbie Nichols Trio: Complete Studio Master Takes.
    • Lonehill Jazz.
    • LHJ10188 (2); D1, Tr. 15 (4.21).
  • Herbie Nichols

    Terpsichore

    Composer: Nichols Performers: Herbie Nichols, p; Al McKibbon, b; Max Roach, d. 7 August 1955

    • Herbie Nichols Trio: Complete Studio Master Takes.
    • Lonehill Jazz.
    • LHJ10188 (2); D1, Tr. 18 (3.57).
  • Elmo Hope

    Mo is On

    Composer: Hope Performers: Elmo Hope, p; Percy Heath, b; Philly Joe Jones, d. 18 June 1953

    • Trio and Quintet.
    • Blue Note.
    • CDP7844382 (1); TR. 3 (2.47).
  • Elmo Hope

    Barfly

    Composer: Hope Performers: Elmo Hope, p; Jimmy Bond, b; Frank Butler, d. 1959

    • Elmo Hope with Frank Butler and Jimmy Bond.
    • Vogue.
    • LAE-H 590. S1/2 (6.11).
  • Harold Land

    Mirror-Mind Rose

    Composer: Hope Performers: Elmo Hope, p; Harold Land, ts; Dupree Bolton, t; Herbie Lewis, b; Frank Butler, d. August 1959

    • The Fox.
    • Contemporary.
    • OJCCD 3432 (1); Tr. 2 (6.28).
  • Elmo Hope

    Minor Bertha

    Composer: Hope Performers: Elmo Hope, p; Jimmy Bond, b; Frank Butler, d. 1959

    • Elmo Hope with Frank Butler and Jimmy Bond.
    • Vogue.
    • LAE-H 590. ; S1/3 (4.45).
  • Herbie Nichols Trio

    The Gig

    • Herbie Nichols Trio.
    • Lonehill Jazz.
    • 13.

Performers and Music Details

Title: A Crutch for the Crab Performers: Richard Twardzik, Carson Smith, Peter Littman Composers: Richard Twardzik Album Title: Richard Freeman and Richard Twardzik Trio Label: Pacific Jazz Catalogue No: CDP74688612 Duration: 3’18 Performers: Richard Twardzik-piano;  Carson Smith-bass;  Peter Littman-drums

Title: Albuquerque Social Swim Performers: Richard Twardzik Composers: Dick Twardzik Album Title: Richard Freeman and Richard Twardzik Trio Label: Pacific Jazz Catalogue No: CDP74688612 Duration: 3’04 Performers: Richard Twardzik-piano;  Carson Smith-bass;  Peter Littman-drums

Title: The Fable of Mable Performers: SERGE CHALOFF Composers: Dick Twardzik Album Title: Boss Baritone Label: Propper Catalogue No: Propperbocx158 Duration: 4’15 Performers: Richard Twardzik-piano;  Serge Chaloff-baritone; Herb Pomeroy-trumpet;   Charlie Mariano-alto

Title: Rondette Performers: Chet Baker Quartet Composers: Zieff Album Title: The Chet Baker Quartet, vol. 1 Label: Felsted Catalogue No: PDL85008 Duration: 4’02 Performers: Chet Baker-trumpet;  Dick Twardzik- piano;   Jimmy Bond- bass;  Peter Littman-drums

Title: The Gig Performers: Herbie Nichols Trio Composers: Herbie Nichols Album Title: Herbie Nichols Trio Label: Lonehill Jazz Catalogue No: LHJ10188 Duration: 4’22 Performers: Herbie Nichols-piano; Al McKibbon-bass;  Max Roach-drums

Title: 2300 Skiddoo Performers: Herbie Nichols Trio Composers: Herbie Nichols Album Title: Herbie Nichols Trio Label: Lonehill Jazz Catalogue No: LHJ10188 Duration: 4’41 Performers: Herbie Nichols-piano; Al McKibbon-bass;  Art Blakey-drums

Title: Lady Sings The Blues Performers: Herbie Nichols Trio Composers: Herbie Nichols, Edsel Gomez, Cecil Bridgewater Album Title: Herbie Nichols Trio Label: Lonehill Jazz Catalogue No: LHJ10188 Duration: 4’21 Performers: Herbie Nichols-piano; Al McKibbon-bass;  Max Roach-drums


Title: Terpsichore Performers: Herbie Nichols, Al McKibbon, Max Roach Composers: Herbie Nichols Album Title: The Gig Label: Blue Note Catalogue No: 1519 Duration: 3’57 Performers: Herbie Nichols-piano; Al McKibbon-bass;  Max Roach-drums

Title: Mo is On Performers: Elmo Hope Ensemble Composers: ELMO HOPE Album Title: Trio and Quintet Label: Blue Note Catalogue No: CDP 7-84438 2 Duration: 2’47 Performers: Elmo Hope-piano; Percy Heath-bass;  Philly Joe Jones-drums

Title: Barfly Performers: ELMO HOPE ENSEMBLE Album Title: Elmo Hope with Frank Butler and Jimmy Bond Label: Vogue Catalogue No: LAE-H 590 Duration: 6’11 Performers: Elmo Hope-piano; Jimmy Bond-bass; Frank Butler-drums

Title: Mirror-Mind Rose Performers: Elmo Hope Quintet Composers: ELMO HOPE Album Title: The Fox Label: Contemporary Catalogue No: OJCCD 3432 Duration: 6’28 Performers: Elmo Hope-piano; Harold Land-tenor; Dupree Bolton-trumpet; Herbie Lewis-bass; Frank Butler-drums

Title: Minor Bertha Performers: Elmo Hope Quintet Composers: ELMO HOPE Album Title: Elmo Hope with Frank Butler and Jimmy Bond Label: Vogue Catalogue No: LAE-H 590 Duration: 4’45 Performers: Elmo Hope-piano; Jimmy Bond-bass; Frank Butler-drums

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