Andrew Hill: Black Fire

Track

Black Fire

Artist

Andrew Hill (piano)

CD

Black Fire (Blue Note 96501)

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Musicians:

Andrew Hill (piano), Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Richard Davis (bass), Roy Haynes (drums).

Composed by Andrew Hill

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Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 9, 1963

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Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

In the mid-1960s, pianist/composer Andrew Hill was testing the waters of the avant-garde while keeping one foot planted on hard-bop ground. On his first album for Blue Note, after he and his mainstream colleagues introduce the quirky but lyrical melody of "Black Fire," they create rhythmically complex improvisations that often disguise its three-beat waltz meter and conventional form. Although Hillís tune and his improvisational style are highly original, the other players adapt expertly to the setting.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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