In 2006, Cline entered the studio with his regular Singers rhythm section plus four (cornet, clarinet, accordion and percussion) to record several Andrew Hill compositions. It's a brilliant musical statement, both in the emergence of Hill as a more-than-worthy subject of a recorded musical tribute, and the perfect sense it makes in examining Cline's inquisitive musical world. The arrangements are thoughtfully first-rate, with Cline often combining more than one Hill composition per track, as here with "Reconciliation" (from Hill's Judgment!) and "New Monastery" (from Hill's Point of Departure). Cline alternates periods of handling melodies himself, as with "Reconciliation," and creating fascinating trading/layering sections between himself and his unusual cohort of cornet, clarinet and accordion (Andrew Hill's own first instrument). The careful layering achieves Hill's dense chordal construction, and, as evidenced in the second half of this track, Cline can choose between adding his guitar to those layers or improvising on top of them. A fitting tribute that enhances the reputation of both the honored and the honoree.
March 11, 2009 · 0 commentsTags: andrew hill covers
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