Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Andrew Hill will always be remembered for Blue Note landmarks such as Point of Departure, but 2000's Dusk proved there was still plenty of creative gas left in the 63-year-old pianist's tank. Recorded live during a three-n... more »
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Andrew Hill will always be remembered for Blue Note landmarks such as Point of Departure, but 2000's Dusk proved there was still plenty of creative gas left in the 63-year-old pianist's tank. Recorded live during a three-night stand at New York's Birdland, A Beautiful Day finds Hill thinking big, fortifying his regular sextet with 11 additional players. Hill's compositional voice has always been a unique one that stretches time signatures and melodies in imaginative ways, incorporating the open-mindedness of free jazz without losing a traditional sense of swing. The band is an extension of this, creating textured cacophonies at times ("J Di") and leaving plenty of space for soloists at others. Highlights include the chamber-music-like "5 Mo" and the epic "Faded Beauty" (which features a great bass clarinet solo from Marty Ehrlich). A classic album from a class act, A Beautiful Day realizes the textural and tonal possibilities of large-group jazz without ever losing the leader's compositional voice. --Tad Hendrickson
Nathan Eliot | Hopkins, MN United States | 09/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This will be looked upon as a work of genius in 40 or so years just as his blue notes from the 60s have been more popular than ever. with open ears. From the Mingus meets Weather Report opener Divine Revelation to the inspired reed work on Faded Beauty to the through composed mind f*ck of Belezza. The peak for me is New Pinnochio a relentlessy-dark piano concerto where the leader is showcased. It is best listened to at home in headphones. THIS IS NOT FREE JAZZ. It sounds like it sometimes in the dense solo sections. They're are creating textures and colors as they go, but the time is consistent. This is focused and sofisticated stuff. Stop trying to count and you'll feel the pulse. It is a shame the Nasheet and Colley combo did not record and album. I also wish Andrew were coming anywhere near Minneapolis anytime soon. Chicago would be worth it. I wish a lot of things. (sigh)"