Thursday, November 18, 2004

CD of the Day, Nov. 18th

Pianist Andrew Hill’s POINT OF DEPARTURE (Blue Note, recorded March 21, 1964) is one of the all time great jazz recordings. Hill’s abstract, yet lyrical, compositions deftly weave the avant-garde with bop to produce some of the most engaging, intelligent, and beautiful jazz of the 1960’s (and this decade provides a lot of competition). He is backed by a great set of players who complement Hill’s wonderful performance: the great Eric Dolphy on reeds, tenor sax legend Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorhman on trumpet, Richard Davis on bass, and Miles Davis’ great drummer Tony Williams. For anyone who has wanted to start exploring the avant-garde side of jazz this is a great place to start. Hill has managed to do the almost impossible, create accessible, yet abstract, music. A great album, I highly recommend it.

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