HERBIE NICHOLS

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Nichols was born in San Juan Hill, Manhattan to parents from St. Kitts and Trinidad and grew up in Harlem. During much of Nichols's life he was forced to take work as a Dixieland musician instead of playing the more adventurous kind of jazz he preferred, but he is best known today for his own highly original compositions, program music which combines bop, Dixieland, and West Indian music with harmonies derived from Erik Satie and Béla Bartók. His first known work was with the Royal Barons in 1937, but he did not find performing at Minton's Playhouse a few years later a very happy experience. The competitive atmosphere did not suit his personality. However, he did become friends with fellow pianist Thelonious Monk, even if his own critical neglect would be more enduring. Nichols was drafted into the Infantry in 1941. After the war he worked in various setting, beginning to achieve read more...
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HERBIE NICHOLS The Prophetic Herbie Nichols, Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Prophetic Herbie Nichols, Vol. 1
Post Bop 1955
HERBIE NICHOLS The Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol.2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol.2
Post Bop 1955
HERBIE NICHOLS Herbie Nichols Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Herbie Nichols Trio
Post Bop 1956
HERBIE NICHOLS Love, Gloom, Cash, Love (aka The Bethlehem Years aka Out Of The Shadow) album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Love, Gloom, Cash, Love (aka The Bethlehem Years aka Out Of The Shadow)
Post Bop 1957

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HERBIE NICHOLS The Third World album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Third World
Post Bop 1975
HERBIE NICHOLS Herbie Nichols Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Herbie Nichols Trio
Post Bop 1983
HERBIE NICHOLS The Art Of Herbie Nichols album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Art Of Herbie Nichols
Post Bop 1992
HERBIE NICHOLS The Complete Blue Note Recordings album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Complete Blue Note Recordings
Post Bop 1997
HERBIE NICHOLS Complete Studio Master Takes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Studio Master Takes
Post Bop 2008

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HERBIE NICHOLS Love, Gloom, Cash, Love (aka The Bethlehem Years aka Out Of The Shadow)

Album · 1957 · Post Bop
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Herbie Nichols did not recieve a lot of recognition during his life, but he has become a bit of a cult favorite for anyone who has discovered this very unique pianist and composer. Describing his music is difficult, other idiosyncratic pianists such as Theolonius Monk, Duke Ellington or Ahmad Jamal might make good refernece points. Like those three, Nichols usues a lot of space in his phrases and he has a knack for making odd dissonances sound appealing. There is also a continental flair to Nichol's playing, often times he recalls the piano works of French composres such as Ravel, Satie and Poulenc. Add all of this up and you have a very interesting approach to the piano that is full of modern unexpected twists, but presented with charm and sophistication to spare.

"Love, Gloom, Cash, Love" was Herbie's first side for the Bethlehem label after recording several LPs for Bluue Note. His accompanists for this trio date, Danny Richmond and George Duviver, keep a very laid back cool approach and supply simple and quiet rhythms for Nichols to float his subtle pianistc flavors on top of. If you seek a very unique sound on the piano, you must check out Herbie Nichols.

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