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Album Review

This is a particularly exciting set. Dick Hyman and Dick Wellstood meet up on a variety of heated selections and try to outstride each other. Wellstood (just a year before his death) has "Caravan" as his feature while Hyman takes "I've Got a Crush on You" solo, but it is the eight collaborations (particularly "Keep Off the Grass," "Birmingham Breakdown" and "What's the Use of Being Alone") that are most memorable. This album was put out by the Canadian Unisson label and is quite exciting. [A U.K. version of Stridemonster! was also released.]


Born: 08 March 1927 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A very versatile virtuoso, Dick Hyman once recorded an album on which he played "A Child Is Born" in the styles of 11 different pianists, from Scott Joplin to Cecil Taylor. Hyman can clearly play anything he wants to, and since the '70s, he has mostly concentrated on pre-bop swing and stride styles. Hyman worked with Red Norvo (1949-1950) and Benny Goodman (1950), and then spent much of the 1950s and '60s as a studio musician. He appears on the one known sound film of Charlie Parker (Hot House from...
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