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Point of Departure
Andrew Hill
Point of Departure
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Alfred Lion considered Andrew Hill his last major discovery and rightly so. Hill's rich, rhythmic piano and utterly unique compositions stand alone. Point Of Departure is Hill's masterpiece with rich three-horn arrangement...  more »

      
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All Artists: Andrew Hill
Title: Point of Departure
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Release Date: 5/18/1999
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724349900721

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Alfred Lion considered Andrew Hill his last major discovery and rightly so. Hill's rich, rhythmic piano and utterly unique compositions stand alone. Point Of Departure is Hill's masterpiece with rich three-horn arrangements for Kenny Dorham, Eric Dolphy and Joe Henderson. Richard Davis and Tony Williams complete this high level ensemble. Three alternate takes have been added to the original LP.

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CD Reviews

The Andrew Hill Effect
J. Rich | 12/12/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"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 afraid the only comparison between Monk and Hill is they play kind of "outside," but with Monk he makes it swing and it just works for him. With Hill, he makes music just sound experimental and out there on left field somewhere. There's not really anything to hold on to. It's all sort just "up in the air" and you don't know when, where, why, or how it's going land. Hill is in fact a great pianist. I have heard him in several more conventional settings and he's fully capable of making things swing, but for his own music, he chose a different route, which I'm not particularly crazy about. To make matters worse, the horn lineup of Henderson, Dolphy, and Dorham just complicates the already over-complicated music. Hill's music just doesn't do anything for me. I will be selling all of the albums I own. I've had several of his albums for years now and all they do is gather dust."
Andrew Hill's classic recording--but get the original issue!
Dennis W. Wong | 09/30/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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. The reputation of this recording prompted the late Hill to name one of his later groups the "new Point of Departure" group!! But the playing on this recording is superb particularly from Eric Dolphy, one month after his own classic "Out to Lunch" album and of course we get the legendary Henderson/Dorham duo, a month before Joe's own classic "In'n'Out" session. These players are all complemented by Hill's piano, Chicago buddy Richard Davis on bass & the dynamic drummer, Tony Williams. The recording zaps his dynamic sound and also that of bassist Davis--if you have a chance then get the original issue CD or even the LP (they sound much better than this RVG version)."