Friends Old and New

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Friends Old and New
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Studio album by John Hicks
Released 1992
Recorded January 14, 1992
Studio BMG Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Label Novus
Producer Bob Thiele
John Hicks chronology
Tribute to George Adams
Friends Old and New
Now's the Time

Friends Old and New is an album led by pianist John Hicks, recorded in 1992. [1] [2]

John Hicks (pianist) American jazz pianist and composer

John Josephus Hicks, Jr. was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. He was leader for more than 30 recordings and played as a sideman on more than 300.


Recording and release

The album was recorded at BMG Studios in New York City on January 14, 1992. [1] It was produced by Bob Thiele. [3] The musicians were pianist John Hicks, trumpeters Greg Gisbert and Clark Terry, trombonist Al Grey, tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Grady Tate. [1] "I Want to Talk About You" is a trio track. [3]

Bob Thiele was an American record producer who worked on numerous classic jazz albums and record labels.

Gregory Lyle Gisbert is an American jazz trumpeter and flugelhornist.

Clark Terry American swing and bebop musician

Clark Virgil Terry Jr. was an American swing and bebop trumpeter, a pioneer of the flugelhorn in jazz, composer, educator, and NEA Jazz Masters inductee.

Friends Old and New was released by Novus Records. [1]

Novus Records was an American jazz record label run by Steve Backer. Backer worked at Impulse! Records until 1974, when Clive Davis, founder of Arista Records, asked him to oversee the jazz division at Arista.


Professional ratings
Review scores
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On Allmusic, Ron Wynn observed "pianist John Hicks playing in various combo settings with some excellent musical associates ... for some powerhouse numbers". [4]

Track listing

  1. "Hicks Tone" (John Hicks) – 7:52
  2. "I Want to Talk About You" (Billy Eckstine) – 5:56
  3. "Bop Scotch" (Glenn Osser, Bob Thiele) – 4:58
  4. "True Blue" (Osser, Thiele) – 6:34
  5. "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 6:43
  6. "Nutty" (Thelonious Monk) – 7:30
  7. "Makin' Whoopee" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 6:26
  8. "Rosetta" (Earl Hines, Henri Woode) – 5:08


Al Grey American jazz musician

Al Grey was a jazz trombonist who is most remembered for his association with the Count Basie orchestra.

Joshua Redman American jazz saxophonist and composer

Joshua Redman is an American jazz saxophonist and composer.

Ron Carter American jazz bassist, cellist, and composer

Ronald Levin Carter is an American jazz double bassist. His appearances on 2,221 recording sessions make him the most-recorded jazz bassist in history.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 John Hicks Catalog, accessed December 6, 2017
  2. Lord, T., Clark Terry discography, accessed December 6, 2017
  3. 1 2 "Album Reviews" (August 8, 1992). Billboard. p. 50.
  4. 1 2 Wynn, Ron. John Hicks: Friends Old and New – Review at AllMusic . Retrieved December 6, 2017.