RIchard Wyands is a hard bop pianist best known as a side-man. He began playing in his teens in San Francisco, but later moved to New York City. He worked with guitarist Kenny Burrell in the 1960s and also played in Gigi Gryce's quintet. He moved to New York in 1958, where he played with Roy Haynes, Charles Mingus, Gigi Gryce, and others. Wyands has also headed his own trios, but has only had a handful of sessions as a leader thus far including a 1978 date for Storyville (Then, Here And Now), a 1992 date for DIW (The Arrival), a 1995 date for Criss Cross (Reunited), as well as sessions for Steeplechase (Get Out of Town), Venus (Lady of the Lavender Mist), and Savant (As Long As There's Music).