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Point Of Departure Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B00000IWVY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Andrew Hill is one of the most innovative and enjoyablecomposers I've run across in jazz. Sadly, he has never enjoyed thelevel of success that his skills warrant. This album falls in the middle choronology of his classic recordings for the Blue Note label. While I'm personally partial to "Black Fire" and "Smokestack" this recording date is an absolute classic and regarded by many as Hill's best. His supporting cast (Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham, Richard Davis, Tony Williams) is seizure-inducing and they deliver. Especially Henderson, who is magnificent throughout. Hill's sessions fall somewhere between hard bop and the avant-garde. Hill's playing has an above-average influence of 20th century European classical music. His playing is dark, mysterious, and percussive yet consistently melodic. His bridging of bebop and avant-garde had a lot to do with his lack of recognition as neither camp wanted to claim him. Perhaps in this new millenium of genre-blending and revision Hill's sound can entice a wider audience.
If you've already heard this disc or other Andrew Hill and are looking for more, your best bet is to plunge into the comprehensive Andrew Hill limited edition boxed-set from Mosaic Records. I consider it to be my personal favorite jazz collection. END
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Andrew Hill is one of the great "unknows" of the jazz world. The album is beautifully remastered, as one would expect from Blue Note. This edition also contains 17 minutes of alternatiave takes. Hill, Eric Dolphy and Joe Henderson are in top form in this fine example of "free jazz" before that idiom degenerated into noise.A young Tony Williams and the relatively unknown Richard Davis are also in top form.
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There are many kinds of music, all legitimate and serving a purpose. What I love about jazz is its emphasis on creativity and originality. A jazz musician who simply learns the different styles and assembles enough licks to build "improvised" solos may sound good, bring positive feeling to his listeners, but does not utilize the chances jazz music affords him.
All of the musicians on this CD are capable of creative and original jazz. From the more "traditional" Durham to the always modern Dolphy, they are all willing to experiment and create.
Andrew Hill is a musician who is never willing to "go through the motions" of playing jazz. Joe Henderson alwyas sounds like himself, and Tony Williams...
This CD is true to its name. It is not a complete departure from tradition, and it is never content with staying inside the tradition. It is always on the point of departure from tradition, on the verge of new discoveries, new possibilites. These possibilities concern different "Song Structures", different modes and chord changes, different voicings of the instruments - all different yet connected to what existed before them.
It is a pity that 38 years after this music was recorded - it is still regarded as "inaccessible" by most people, and even within those who do listen to jazz, already a minority, there are many who have not opened their ears to what was new in 1964. What does it take to change that ?
Anyway, I recommend this cd...
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It is a puzzle to me how a person can lead a group to the greatness contained on this cd and still be so widely underappreciated and underrated as is Andrew Hill. His compositions are enlightening, challenging, creative, and most of all, touching.

Right off the bat I give him a lot of credit for choosing this line-up. It's probably not a line-up I would have ever thought to put together but it works magically well. This group of men bring out every nuance and explore every crevice of Hill's brilliant compositions. I don't read the liner-notes to cds until after I have heard the cd several times, so as to make sure I am uninfluenced by anything other than my own ears. When I did read these liner-notes I was so struck by the part about the song, Dedication. Hill says that Kenny Dorham was moved to tears during its performance. As was I. To this day I feel a certain kinship with Kenny because of that. Dedication is, in my opinion, one of the greatest ballads in all of jazz history. It's a mystery to me why everyone hasn't played this tune.

The liner-notes claim that Dolphy is the star here, and as a huge Dolphy fan that's something I'd hardly ever disagree with, except for the fact that everyone else here plays so beautifully too. This cd isn't one man, it's a profound group effort. Listen to Kenny Dorham's exquisite tone in the early-middle section of Spectrum! Then listen to his yearning and quiet lamentation during Dedication. Dorham is no emotional lightweight. Davis and Williams are probably the only rhythmic tandem who could have pulled this off. They play in, out, and around the "time", exerting a rhythmic movement to these tunes that is quite unique. This is definitely not just a walking bass-line and a tap of the cymbals here.
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This is quite possibly my favorite jazz recording, so excuse me if I'm a bit hyperbolic. Nonetheless, this album not only contains some of the best arranged/written jazz I have ever heard, but the musicianship is impressive. Some of my favorite Dolphy solos are on this recording (I've found I like Dolphy more on other peoples stuff than on his own), the drumming is super-inspired and creative and absolutely everybody is more than up to the task at hand. In addition, this is one of the more varied albums, in terms of feel, keys, time signitures, whatever . . . and on that note my only complaint (and some won't agree with me here) is the addition of repetive takes. Without the redundant takes, this album also had an incredible gestalt effect when digested as a whole. Seriously though, I'm not sure why this album is so overlooked, but it is The Real Deal, and you're only denying yourself if you don't pick this disc up.
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