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On this day in jazz (July 03)

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On this day in 1986, pianist Andrew Hill began recording the album Shades for Soul Note records at the Barigozzi Studio in Milano, Italy (it would be completed the next day). The album was Andrew's first as a leader in six years and his twenty-fourth album overall. He was accompanied by the excellent Clifford Jordan on tenor saxophone, Rufus Reid on bass and Ben Riley on the drums.

Scott Yanow reviewed the album for giving it a four star rating (users' give it a four and a half), saying this about the music:

The quartet set (with bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Ben Riley) has six of Hill's typically challenging and complex inside/outside originals, a perfect outlet for Jordan and the pianist to interact. Stimulating and unusual music that is difficult to classify as anything but "modern jazz".

A little bit about Andrew: he was born in Chicago in 1931 where he took up the piano at age 13 and attended the University of Chicago Experimental School. As a teenager he joined legends such as Miles Davis and Charlie Parker when their tours came to town. In the 1950s he played with jazz greats such as Eric Dolphy, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Hank Mobley and Tony Williams (just to name a few). In 1961, while he was an accompanist for Dinah Washington, he moved to New York City and shortly thereafter primarily recorded as a leader. Andrew continued recording until his death in 2007. In fact, just in the years 2000-2008, he won the following awards:

  • 2008: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master (our nation's highest jazz honor)
  • 2007: election to the Downbeat Hall of Fame; Jazz Journalist Association Pianist of the Year, Composer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award; conferred an honorary Doctorate of Music-Berklee College of Music
  • 2006: Jazz Journalist Composer of Year Awards (as well as in 2000, 2001 and 2003); "Time Lines" was Down Beat Album of the Year; Playboy Jazz Artist of the Year
  • 2001: "Dusk" was the Down Beat Album of the Year; Down Beat Winner Critics Poll Jazz (also in 2000)

Here's Andrew with "Tripping":

Track listing:

  1. "Monk's Glimpse" - 4:36
  2. "Tripping" (aka "Naked Spirit") - 6:31
  3. "Chilly Mac" - 5:29
  4. "Ball Square" - 5:34
  5. "Domani" - 7:28
  6. "La Verne" - 13:43
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:45