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Point Of Departure Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, May 18, 1999
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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
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...
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.Read more ›
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I give this 4 1/2 stars, because I agree with one reviewer that there is something slightly off in the sound of the first track and once you notice it, it's kind of like a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Uncle John 5oh
A wild, muscular excursion through the hard hop/post bop mind of pianist Andrew Hill. Though not as legendary as many of his then contemporaries, Hill deserves much much more than... Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by rnrcurmudgeon
I've heard many good things from many people about how great Andrew Hill is and how if I like Thelonious Monk, which he's one of my jazz heroes, I would like Hill's music, I'm... Read morePublished on December 11, 2008 by Transfigured Knight
I would normally give this classic 5 stars because of its compositions and the excellent players but the poor remastering by Van Gelder knocks it down one star. Read morePublished on September 30, 2008 by Dennis W. Wong
Absolutely a must have. I enjoyed this album even more than "Dancing with Death" and I thought that was his best album.Published on September 7, 2008 by da Vinci
As soon as I saw Eric Dolphy's name on the front cover, I started shaking. While Dolphy's Out to Lunch is considered a huge classic of jazz, I found its lack of cohesion irritating... Read morePublished on March 6, 2008 by Eric Sedensky
I bought this classic recording the first week it was released. I found it fascinating, mysterious and compelling the first time I heard it. Read morePublished on February 3, 2008 by Neuromancer
"Point of Departure" combines a strong set of players with some great songs. The songs have knotty rhythms - luckily Tony Williams is playing drums. Read morePublished on August 18, 2007 by Anthony Cooper