Dick Hyman


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Dick Hyman, a New York jazz pianist and organist, teamed up with the British music critic and songwriter Leonard Feather to form an orchestra that recorded the Hi Fi Suite (1957): Joe Newman (trumpet), Thad Jones (trumpet), Benny Powell (trombone), Bill Barber (tuba), Jerome Richardson (alto saxophone, piccolo), Frank Wess (tenor saxophone, flute), Romeo Penque (clarinet, baritone saxophone), Phil Bodner (baritone saxophone, oboe), Don Elliott (vibraphone, percussion), Oscar Pettiford (bass), Eddie Safranski (bass), Osie Johnson (drums), Kenny Clarke (drums), Don Lamond (drums). Their second album, Oh Captain (1958), even featured Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), Art Farmer (trumpet) and Tony Scott (reeds). Hyman recorded albums of harpsichord and Hammon organ, like Strictly Organ-ic (1960).

He switched to electronic organ for Electrodynamics (1963), Fabulous (1963), Keyboard Kaleidoscope (1964) and The Man from Organ (1965), collections of electronic pop songs. He embraced the Moog on The Electric Eclectics (1969), with the eight-minute The Minotaur, and The Age of Electronicus (1969).

He later composed several Woody Allen soundtracks and for choreographers like Twyla Tharp.

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