Andrew Hill: Euterpe




Andrew Hill (piano)


Pax (Blue Note 582972 )

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Andrew Hill (piano), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Richard Davis (bass), Joe Chambers (drums).

Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 10, 1965

Rating: 99/100 (learn more)

This one burns. Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson were dealing at a really high level in this post-bop context. Super chops and amazing creativity, dealing with the structure of the tune in such detail and with great power, clarity, polish and dexterity. Itís great to hear Andrewís music realized on that level. Someone in music school today could learn a lot from this, because it has all the things that they strive for, and also all these other things that they donít tend to work on. The tuneís structure is interesting, because the bridge sort of cracks open. Itís extended and suspended, and it recurs every chorus in a way that seems to destabilize the song. Itís an interesting balance, because usually the bridge is a temporary reprieve from the main section of the tune, but here it almost takes over. I love Joe Henderson! I could do a whole other playlist on him alone. Freddie is blazing on here, too.

Reviewer: Vijay Iyer

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