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this is a very good starter CD
on February 12, 2017
Andrew Hill, in his prime, became one of jazz's most interesting composers, along with Wayne Shorter and Woody Shaw in roughly the same period — IMO. If you don't know Hill's music, this is a very good starter CD. I love his trios and quartets (the trio plus Bobby Hutchinson on vibes, for instance, on the "Judgment" album, which was recorded in January, 1964), But "Point of Departure," recorded in March, 1964, is a sextet with Kenny Dorham (tp), Eric Dolphy (as, fl, bcl), Joe Henderson (ts), Richard Davis (bs), and Tony Williams (dr) plus Hill on pn. Rudy Van Gelder recorded and mastered these groups. What could go wrong?! (Nuttin'!) But, Hill's music is rather unique and challenging, like all important composers' works, so I recommend that you give this CD several open-minded listenings before forming an opinion. It will grow and grow on you, I think.
If you already know about Andrew Hill but not this particular CD, I've said too much. 'Cause you can easily guess what's in front of you: Dorham, Dolphy, Henderson, Davis, Williams in 1964 ... are you kidding me?!! (Check it out.)