Make a difference: Support jazz online

Support All About Jazz Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved design across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.

317

Andrew Hill: Passing Ships

C. Andrew Hovan By

Sign in to view read count
Along with Sam Rivers and Archie Shepp, pianist Andrew Hill remains one of the few viable avant-garde musicians of his generation to continue to make an impact on the current jazz scene. Last year's critically acclaimed A Beautiful Day offered more proof than anything that Hill was still championing his post hard bop style while allowing his music to gain further breath and scope through his adventurous charts for a large ensemble.

In many ways the seeds that bloomed fully on A Beautiful Day could have actually been planted back in 1969, when the pieces assembled for Passing Ships were recorded. One of Blue Note producer Alfred Lion's favorite artists, Hill documented his music prolifically for the label and over the years the rumors have been flying in regards to a slew of unissued material still in the vaults. Such is the case with this newly uncovered music featuring a nine-piece unit including Woody Shaw, Joe Farrell, Julian Priester, and Lenny White (making his recording debut).

The seven Hill originals that make up this recital cover a great deal of ground, with a premium put on colorful arrangements making sagacious use of Howard Johnson's tuba and Bob Northern's French horn. Joe Farrell breaks out an arsenal of woodwinds too, his English horn on the title track mixing well with muted brass and deep bass tones on this modal gem. 'Plantation Bag' even goes for a funky strut not unlike the type of boogaloo lines that were popular at the time. 'Noon Tide' might be the showpiece here though, with alto flute contributing to a moody vibe not unlike Hill's 'Catta' from Bobby Hutcherson's Dialogue.

Inexplicably locked in the vaults for the past 24 years, this music's time has come and Passing Ships might just be the find of the year.


Track Listing: Sideways, Passing Ships, Plantation Bag, Noon Tide, The Brown Queen, Cascade, Yesterday's Tomorrow

Personnel: Woody Shaw & Dizzy Reece (trumpet), Julian Priester (trombone), Bob Northern (French horn), Howard Johnson (tuba, bass clarinet), Joe Farrell (woodwinds), Andrew Hill (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Lenny White (drums)

Title: Passing Ships | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Blue Note Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Lux CD/LP/Track Review Lux
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 20, 2018
Read Unleashed CD/LP/Track Review Unleashed
by John Sharpe
Published: January 20, 2018
Read I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert CD/LP/Track Review I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert
by Jerome Wilson
Published: January 20, 2018
Read 20 CD/LP/Track Review 20
by Ian Patterson
Published: January 20, 2018
Read Roppongi CD/LP/Track Review Roppongi
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 19, 2018
Read Is Life Long? CD/LP/Track Review Is Life Long?
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 19, 2018
Read "Runnin' for the Ghost" CD/LP/Track Review Runnin' for the Ghost
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: September 1, 2017
Read "Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter" CD/LP/Track Review Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: August 21, 2017
Read "No Parking Any Time" CD/LP/Track Review No Parking Any Time
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 5, 2017
Read "My Head Is Listening" CD/LP/Track Review My Head Is Listening
by John Sharpe
Published: July 20, 2017
Read "64:38 Radio Full Liv(f)e" CD/LP/Track Review 64:38 Radio Full Liv(f)e
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 25, 2017
Read "Baby It's Cold Outside" CD/LP/Track Review Baby It's Cold Outside
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 13, 2017