"Hells Bells" is a studio album led by American pianist John Hicks recorded in 1975 but not released on the Strata-East label until 1980. It is one of two albums to be recorded during Hicks' debut studio session as leader, the other being "Steadfast", ultimately released in 1991. Hicks (1941-2006) gave much to jazz over several decades but never really received the appreciation he so richly deserved. As a pianist, he proved himself in the Art Blakey and Betty Carter universities. He was also the prototypical musician's musician, a first-call pianist for many jazz greats and a magnificent accompanist to the art's best saxists, including Pharoah Sanders, Arthur Blythe, Chico Freeman, Archie Shepp, and David Murray.