Andrew Hill: Erato




Andrew Hill (piano)


Pax (Blue Note 58297)

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Andrew Hill (piano), Richard Davis (bass), Joe Chambers (drums).

Composed by Andrew Hill


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, February 10, 1965


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

“Erato” is a masterpiece, one of many by Andrew Hill that I could have chosen for this list. It’s named for the Greek goddess of love poetry, and more than lives up to its name. When Ben Allison, Ron Horton and I were playing the sessions that were the genesis of what became the Jazz Composers Collective, we discovered that we had each transcribed this tune. Comparing our transcriptions, we realized that even though the notes were the same, each of them was different in terms of how time signatures and chord changes were notated. This speaks to the inherent mystery of Andrew’s music. It’s hard to put your finger on it sometimes, but his tunes have an inner logic and architecture that is very strong. On this track from a 1965 quintet date (with Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson), Andrew plays in a trio format with Richard Davis and Joe Chambers.

Reviewer: Frank Kimbrough (for Desert Island Dozens)

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