Yes It Is – Richard Wyands

This syncopated swinger makes a great piano feature but sounds equally exciting with a horn on the melody. It's remarkably versatile as shown by the three very different approaches we've featured here, with an exclusive MP3 track available from the most recent recording of composer Richard Wyands in a duo with then-15 year old bassist Daryl Johns! Check out our video footage of this collaboration.

Richard Wyands

July 2, 1928 – September 25, 2019

Richard Wyands is a remarkably gifted and precocious musician who is best known as a sideman. A native of Oakland, California, he started playing piano in local clubs in San Francisco when he was only sixteen years old, at which time he became a union member (with a sponsor, of course, due to his youth). Since the 1950s, he has played alongside some of the greatest and best-known American jazz musicians, such as Charles Mingus and Roy Haynes. Read more...

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