Trio + Strings

Trio + Strings is an album by pianist John Hicks, recorded in 1997.

Trio + Strings
Studio album by
RecordedSeptember 23, 24, 27, 1997
StudioMapleshade Studio, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
John Hicks chronology
Cry Me a River
Trio + Strings
Impressions of Mary Lou

Recording and music

The album was recorded at Mapleshade Studio, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, on September 23, 24, and 27, 1997.[1] The compositions were by Hicks, with the exception of "Passion Flower".[2] The string arrangements were by Larry Willis.[3]


Trio + Strings was released by Mapleshade Records.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[2]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz commented that it was "Not our favourite Hicks record by any means but an accomplished and pleasing record."[2] JazzTimes stated that Hicks' writing "evokes Strayhorn [...] Evans, Ibrahim, and perhaps even Elmo Hope".[3]

Track listing

All compositions are by John Hicks, except where noted.

  1. "Heart to Heart"
  2. "Minor Collaboration"
  3. "Peace for E.H."
  4. "Two Heart Beats"
  5. "The Wandering Soul"
  6. "Naima's Love Song"
  7. "Passion Flower" (Billy Strayhorn)
  8. "After the Dawn"
  9. "West Side Winds"
  10. "No More Regrets"


  • John Hicks – piano
  • Elise Wood – flute
  • Steve Novosel – bass
  • Ronnie Burrage – drums (tracks 1, 3, 5–10)
  • Steve Williams – drums (tracks 2, 4)
  • Rick Schmidt – cello
  • Debbie Baker – viola
  • Charles Olive – violin
  • Tom Ginsberg – violin


  1. "John Hicks Catalog". Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  2. Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 700. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
  3. Baker, Duck (January 1, 1999) "John Hicks: Trio Plus Strings".JazzTimes.
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