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Andrew Hill: Solos - The Jazz Sessions

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"My name is Andrew Hill--pianist." With humility characteristic of his long career in music, these words open Solos: The Jazz Sessions. Hill's avant-garde contemporaries like Cecil Taylor and Anthony Braxton often pushed the boundaries of their music in directly experimental and mathematical ways and the affect is sometimes intentionally discordant. Hill's unique ability was to embrace melody even as he took it to the breaking point. His capacity to cast it off and reel it back in seamlessly was a gift. In Hill's unique creative process he danced his way inside and outside harmonies and despite comparisons to Thelonious Monk ...

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Andrew Hill: Point Of Departure

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The folks at Music Matters have been reissuing classic Blue Note albums of the 1950s and 1960s at an aggressive clip, and have been careful to include virtually every style of music the label recorded, including some of its more challenging material. Pianist Andrew Hill's Point of Departure (1964) will never be mistaken for light cocktail jazz, but it's inclusion in this reissue series displays Music Matters' commitment to more adventurous material. In 1964, the term avant-garde could have been applied to any number of different musical angles in jazz. The free experiments of John Coltrane and Ornette ...

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Chico Hamilton / Andrew Hill: Dreams Come True

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More than anything, music is similar to line. Music is also unidirectional; it cannot back up within the same context and repeat what has just been done. Excluding the shallowness or depth of the resonance of sound, the dimensionality in music stems from the intersection of lines as one instrumental line overlaps the other. An example of this interrelationship comes in a 1993 duo date with drummer Chico Hamilton and the late, unsurpassable pianist, Andrew Hill, on Dreams Come True.

Those familiar with Chico Hamilton's impervious pulsations will recognize his equally adept skill at chasing seemingly non-rhythmic musical curves as ...

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Andrew Hill: Change

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Until Mosaic issued the limited-edition, seven-disc box set, The Complete Blue Note Andrew Hill Sessions (1963-66), pianist Andrew Hill's remarkably prolific and consistently excellent Blue Note recordings languished in obscurity, especially on CD where only his masterpiece, 1964’s Point of Departure, was available with any certainty. Since then at least ten titles recorded between 1963 and 1970 have seen individual release (most with alternate takes), with Change being one of the most recent to be made available on its own.

In a sense, all of Andrew Hill’s Blue Notes sound alike. This is by no means ...

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Andrew Hill: Change

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Completed only five months after Compulsion (Blue Note, 1965), pianist Andrew Hill's creative free-form breakthrough, this quartet session was recorded, edited, titled and cataloged, but never officially released under his own name. Unceremoniously shelved at the time, like a number of recent reissues documenting Hill's more experimental 1960s work, the six principle cuts were eventually issued under Sam Rivers' name as Involution (Blue Note, 1976). The two alternate takes were included in The Complete Blue Note Andrew Hill Sessions 1963-1966 (Mosaic, 1995).

Available for the first time in its entirety, the aptly title Change is a rich and ...

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Andrew Hill: Compulsion!!!!!

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The news of Andrew Hill's passing Apr. 20, 2007 at age 75 has shaken the jazz world to the core, bringing many to pause and reflect, then head straight for the pianist's extensive now-available discography. Blue Note Records documented his every step from 1963-70 with over a dozen recordings and, with his most recent return to the label--the critically acclaimed Time Lines (2006)--his status as a giant of this music is without question. Most of those Blue Note titles were not released until decades after the fact, however, so Hill only recently reaped the benefits of this ...

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Andrew Hill: Compulsion!!!!!

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The five exclamation marks following the word Compulsion are completely appropriate for a title. Of all the distinguished albums of Andrew Hill's career as a pianist/composer, this is arguably the most passionately executed. The monumentality of this recording can best be realized by looking at its recording date of 1965. Coltrane was leaving his classic quartet and experimenting with multiple drummers. Archie Shepp was likewise experimenting with heavily augmented percussion sections. Art Blakey's earlier recordings with various African and neo-African drummers were popularly circulating in jazz circles, as was Babatunde Olatunji's popular and influential Drums of Passion. Into this drum-laden ...

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Andrew Hill: Mosaic Select 23: Andrew Hill - Solo

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The three discs that comprise this fascinating box set reissue capture pianist Andrew Hill at a unique time in his tumultuous career. After a series of successes for Blue Note in the '60s, Hill--a man as elusive as his inscrutable music--in essence disappeared from the New York scene, taking a teaching position upstate and playing, as he states in the liner notes from an album of the period, “in rural America. Hill's decision in 1976 to move to California in order to care for his ailing wife completed his slow withdrawal from the East Coast and sent his life and ...

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Andrew Hill: Mosaic Select 23: Andrew Hill - Solo

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Andrew Hill Mosaic Select 23: Andrew Hill - Solo Mosaic Records 2006

In many ways 2006 could be considered the year of pianist Andrew Hill. He's renewed his association with Blue Note Records, where he got his start in the 1960s and on which he released a body of work which is only now being fully and properly appreciated. This year's Blue Note album, Time Lines, represents another pinnacle in a career filled with high points. The album combines free-wheeling improvisation in a small group setting with characteristically idiosyncratic writing, sometimes so complex that ...

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On the Hill: Smokestack; Andrew!!!; Pax; New Monastery

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Of Blue Note's triumvirate of '60s pianists, Andrew Hill will always be overshadowed by Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock, if only for coming last. Recent new albums and reissues by Hill ...

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Andrew Hill: Smoke Stack

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Emerging at the beginning of the '60s, Andrew Hill was always difficult to pigeonhole. The pianist was too aligned with mainstream harmony to be considered avant garde, too complex a writer to be considered free, too abstruse a player to be considered mainstream. The people at Blue Note knew they had a gem when they signed him. What they didn't know was that it would be decades before his value was truly appreciated.

But better late than never. Smoke Stack, the second of six Blue Note sessions recorded between November 1963 and February 1965, was the pianist's fourth release by ...

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Andrew Hill: Blue Black and Nefertiti

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One of the most mindless quirks of some jazz listeners is major label prejudice. Take for example those vaguely familiar with pianist Andrew Hill's albums Blue Black and Nefertiti, both recorded for the semi-obscure East Wind label, an imprint only in existence from 1974-77. If you have most of Hill's Blue Note albums and some of ...

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Andrew Hill: Timelines

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March was a month to celebrate. It saw the release of Andrew Hill's new album, Time Lines (for his alma mater, Blue Note), and found him leading a powerhouse quintet for four magical nights at Birdland. The visionary's legions of fans gave him a joyous reception in concert, and there is no end of buzz around his latest effort (many questioned the likelihood of his return to music after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2004). To be sure, Hill is back, with an album that deserves close attention, not for the simple fact that it documents the return of ...

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Andrew Hill: Time Lines and Full Circles

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Andrew Hill's a busy man. “I'm playing in New York in March and after that, I'm going to Europe for a European promo for a few days with the quintet, he smiles. “The next month, I'm touring Europe then touring Europe again a bit after that. I have a commitment to do a string quartet, which I'm working on. There's a lot of things going on. Quite an agenda for someone who was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. “I'd had a resurgence and had built up this incredible circuit performing, he recalls. “So the ...



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