Tony Hymas

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Tony Hymas
Born (1943-09-23) 23 September 1943 (age 73)
Genres Progressive jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments keyboards, Piano
Associated acts PhD, Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, Jack Bruce, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie

Anthony James Keith "Tony" Hymas [1] is an English keyboard player, pianist and composer.

Hymas started as a chorister at the Exeter Cathedral where his contemporaries included composer and cathedral organist Barry Ferguson, and singer and pianist Roger Cleverdon. On leaving school, Hymas studied piano with Harold Rubens at the Royal Academy of Music. As company pianist for the Ballet Rambert in its resurgent 'modern' form, Hymas wrote a substitute score for Glen Tetley's 'Rag Dances' over the course of eight days. After Rambert, Hymas found work in the busy London session scene of the 70s.

He played with Jack Bruce in the Jack Bruce Band during 1976–78. He subsequently became one of Jeff Beck's musicians, first appearing on record with Beck on the 1980 album There & Back. Over the years he has written many tunes for Beck, including 'Angel Footsteps' and 'Brush with the Blues'.[2][3]

His latest works are CDs for Disques Nato: De l'origine du Monde (2010), Chroniques de resistance (2013), and, for Hope Street (Nato), an album with the band Ursus Minor I Will Not Take "But" for an Answer (2010). In 2016, he recorded an album of piano arrangements (transcriptions) of songs by Léo Ferré 'Tony Hymas joue Léo Ferré'. A fourth album by Ursus Minor 'What matters now' will be issued in the autumn. More piano discs (Debussy Etudes, Ives Concord Sonata) are in preparation.


  1. ^ "Albums by Tony Hymas: Discography, songs, biography, and listening guide". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  2. ^ Katz, Larry (March 17, 1999). Beck is back; Who's returned to rock including a stop at The Orpheum? Who else?, Boston Herald ("That somebody was Tony Hymas, Beck's longtime keyboardist. Hymas had written a bunch of tunes, many of which ...")
  3. ^ Tony Hymas Profile, Magna Carta Records, Retrieved May 21, 2011

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