This double CD gives complete insight into the miracle of his techniques, that lesser pianists have tried to copy for years but been unable to. Wellstood plays in the tradition of other great stride piano players such as Mary Lou Williams, Bob Zurke, Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, Dick Hyman, Art Tatum, Fats Waller, Donald Lambert, Johnny Guarnieri, Joe Turner, among others. Wellstood's virtuosity gives his stride an approach that is unique.
There is so much good music in this double CD set that it is difficult to pick, so why not just pick them all -- the performances and the selections are that good! The listener won't be disappointed in this collection! It is music to be played often.
Some of the selections include "Lullaby of Birdland," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Snowy Morning Blues," "Carolina Shout," "Sophisticated Lady," George Gershwin's enduring songs --- "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Liza," and the beautiful "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?" written by Marilyn & Alan Bergman and Michel Legrand. A special added delight is Wellstood's version of Jelly Roll Morton's "The Pearls." Also, a very unique interpretation of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps."
It has been over a decade since Dick Wellstood died, and this recent CD of his performances will rekindle a lot of memories of one of America's greatest stride pianists. A genuine treasure chest of polished musical gems can be found in "Dick Wellstood: Live At The Sticky Wicket." A remarkable, gifted pianist!
"Maple Leaf Rag," "Lulu's Back In Town," "Limehouse Blues," "Handful of Keys" are also included in this collection. Enjoy! Get your local library to order this for their jazz patrons, too!