Nicky Hill is an underground hero of jaz who played in Chicago at a time when the scene included Eddie Harris, Gene Ammons, Ramsey Lewis, Ahmad Jamal, etc. Fortunately, it also included Ira Sullivan, with whom Nicky Worked regularly. His "inside" playing presaged the experimentations on the later AACM generation. Albums with the MJT+3 and Sonny Stitt on Argo, and two with Ira for VeeJay and Delmark constitute his legacy.
Ira Sullivan's multi-instrumental talent was widely exposed during his stay with Art Blakey and Red Rodney prior to self-led forays from his home in Miami and his albums for Muse, Atlantic, Discovery, Fantasy (with Red), etc.
Jodie Christian, arguably the best pianist in Chicago, recorded with John Klemmer (Cadet), Eddie Harris (Atlantic), Frank Walton, Brad Goode, Mike Smith, Lin Halliday (Delmark, as well as his own trio albums with Steeplechase and Delmark: Experience (454) and Rain or Shine (467), with Art Porter and Roscoe Mitchell.
1. My Secret Love
2. When Sunny Gets Blue
3. Nicky's Tune #3
4. Wilbur's Tune #2
5. Mock And Roll Blues
6. Nicky's Tune #2