All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

380

Andrew Hill Jazzpar Octet + 1: The Day the World Stood Still

By

Sign in to view read count
Every year the Danish Jazzpar Prize is awarded to a jazz musician selected by the Jazzpar Committee, and a series of concerts is produced to celebrate and showcase the artist. In 2003, Andrew Hill was selected for the award. Stunt Records, a Danish label, has issued a selection of these live performances at venues in Denmark and Sweden.

Pianist and composer Andrew Hill's trio with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Nasheet Waits is featured with a stellar group of European horn players on this freewheeling set of Hill compositions. Andrew Hill has been a uniquely individual artist on the scene since his classic Blue Note recordings in the 1960s. His approaches to rhythm and harmony are unorthodox, even now. This means his music can be challenging, but also quite invigorating and energizing. The music on this disc bristles with the energy typical of free jazz. There are moments of wild abandon but also moments of reflection, questioning, and beauty.

Andrew Hill seems to be a point of triangulation connecting Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk with the free jazz concepts of the sixties. His highly original musical palette is expanded beautifully by this group of highly talented European reed and brass players. Check out Liudas Mockūnas' burly baritone sax on "Not Sa No Sa," followed by a Scott Colley solo excursion where his sound and ideas on bass are deep, rich, and satisfying.

Hill's piano is featured prominently in "Flying In The Sky. The piece begins with some gorgeous harmonized horn lines reminiscent of the Duke, flows into a beautiful piano/bass/drums section, then to a baritone/alto/tuba/trumpet conversation and back to the original motif. The pointillistic composition "Ghetto Echoes seems to reflect unsettled emotions. "Yesterday Tomorrow takes the listener on a poignant, then intense journey, again featuring splendid bass work from Scott Colley and a dynamic performance from the entire ensemble. This continues through the final track, "When the World Stays Still, Pt. 2, an elegiac statement that closes the disc on a hopeful note.

Those who have followed Andrew Hill's fascinating musical journey will hear this as an essential document of his continuing vitality and vision.

Track Listing: Not Sa No Sa; Flying in the Sky; Ghetto Echoes; Yesterday Tomorrow; Hermano Frere; Do To; When Peace Comes; 11/8; When the World Stays Still (Part II).

Personnel: Staffan Svensson (tp), Klaus L�hrer (b-tb / tuba), Peter Fuglsang (as / cl / b-cl), Thomas Agergaard (ts / fl), Liudas Mockunas (ss / bars / cl / b-cl), Andrew Hill (p & cond), Scott Colley (b), Nasheet Waits (d). *Lenora Zenzalai Helm (voc) on Track 5.

Title: The Day the World Stood Still | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Stunt Records/Sundance Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Always Forward CD/LP/Track Review
Always Forward
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 15, 2018
Read The Music of Richard Whiting CD/LP/Track Review
The Music of Richard Whiting
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 15, 2018
Read Barefoot Dances and Other Visions CD/LP/Track Review
Barefoot Dances and Other Visions
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 15, 2018
Read Twinscapes Vol. 2: A Modern Approach To The Dancefloor CD/LP/Track Review
Twinscapes Vol. 2: A Modern Approach To The Dancefloor
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 15, 2018
Read Talking with Charlie - An Imaginary Talk with Charlie Parker CD/LP/Track Review
Talking with Charlie - An Imaginary Talk with Charlie Parker
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 15, 2018
Read The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live 1966! CD/LP/Track Review
The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live 1966!
by Richard J Salvucci
Published: November 15, 2018
Read "Body" CD/LP/Track Review Body
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: August 13, 2018
Read "Journey Moments" CD/LP/Track Review Journey Moments
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: July 8, 2018
Read "texting and driving" CD/LP/Track Review texting and driving
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: March 6, 2018
Read "Strange Days - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" CD/LP/Track Review Strange Days - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
by Doug Collette
Published: December 9, 2017
Read "Fragments" CD/LP/Track Review Fragments
by John Sharpe
Published: May 7, 2018
Read "Dedication" CD/LP/Track Review Dedication
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 21, 2017