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Andrew Hill Vinyl Records
Point Of DeparturePoint Of Departure is not only one of the greatest jazz recordings of 1964, but of all time. The stellar lineup (Eric Dolphy, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson, Richard Davis and a teen aged Tony Williams) was given a set of challenging compositions by the brilliant pianist and composer Andrew Hill. This group created the album known as Point of Departure, an acknowledged modern day classic and one of Blue Notes most extraordinary recordings. Andrew Hill was a quiet revolutionary, but he was every bit as original in his conception as Thelonious Monk. Hill extended, twisted and turned hard bop into his own very fresh and personal music. Like Eric Dolphy, Hill spawned few imitators. His conception was so pure, and so unique, both as a player and as an arranger-composer that nearly a half century later, Point Of Departure remains a brilliant touchstone of modern jazz.1.Refuge
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While a teenager he performed in rhythm and blues bands and with touring jazz musicians,
While a teenager he performed in rhythm and blues bands and with touring jazz musicians, including Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. Hill first recorded as a sideman in 1955, but his reputation was made by his Blue Note recordings. Hill also played on albums by Hutcherson (Dialogue, 1965), Henderson (Our Thing, 1963), Hank Mobley (No Room for Squares, 1963), and Sam Rivers (Involution, 1966). His compositions are distinctive and they formed four of the six pieces on Hutcherson's Dialogue.
The quality of composition and improvisation on these albums warrants their re-issue by Blue Note Records. Hill has rarely worked as a sideman since the 1960s. He has preferred to play his own compositions. As a result, his public exposure has been severely limited. He obtained a doctorate in music from Colgate University of Hamilton and served as the university's composer in residence from 1970 to 1972. He later taught in California and at Portland State University. He returned to New York City in 1990. Hill's compositions have a contemplative mood. He has always been known for the rhythmic and harmonic complexity of his performances and compositions.