Dick Twardzik

Complete Recordings

Lone Hill Jazz

Dick Twardzik (p), Carson Smith (b), Peter Littman (d)

Reference: LHJ10120

Bar code: 8436019581209

2 LPs on 1 CD

This timeless release includes all the studio sessions of the legendary pianists trios recorded just before his death at 24 from a heroin overdose. He was discovered in a Paris hotel during a European tour with Chet Baker. His pianoplaying was fluent and eccentric and immensely attractive, influenced by Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and his rich classical music background.

The total among of Twardzik's recorded works includes seven tracks in the Rudy Van Gelders Studio for the Pacific Jazz label with Chet Bakers bassits Carson Smith and Boston drummer Peter Littmann, that was issued as Trio (only one side; the other is by Russ Freeman), and twelve excellent tracks recorded at his friend Peter Morris' Huntington Avenue apartment on a tuned piano accompanied by Littman on drums and one bass on some of the songs. The tunes include Gershwins Bess You Is My Woman (a standard actually completely unknown as a jazz vehicle), I'll Remember April, 'Round About Midnight, and his very creative original A Crutch for the Crab, among others.


01. Albuquerque Social Swim
02. Bess You is my Woman
03. Yellow tango
04. 'Round about midnight
05. I'll Remember April
06. A Crutch for the Crab
07. Just one of those things
08. Warming up
09. Nice Work if You Can Get it
10. 'Round about midnight
11. Get Happy
12. It could happen to you
13. All the things you are
14. Yesterdays
15. Original
16. Our love is here to stay
17. I get a kick out of you
18. Bes You is my woman
19. I'll Remember April

Album details

Total Time: 68:22 min.

Dick Twardzick (piano), Carson Smith (bass), Peter Littman (drums).

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