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Andrew HillAndrew Hill, who died at the age of 75 on April 20, 2007, was a highly original pianist and composer who recorded a string of stunning albums for Blue Note in the short span of eight months, constructing his own musical universe, much like Blue Note predecessors Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols. His compositions, which employed asymmetry, repeated phrases, and artful use of space, were challenging to play, but at Blue Note he found musicians who could rise to the level of his inventiveness. We’ll hear music from the LP many considered Hill’s masterpiece, Point of Departure, as well as Black Fire, Judgment, Andrew!, and Bobby Hutcherson’s album Dialogue.

Trinity Church has posted video of Hill’s final performance, given several weeks before his death, and Los Angeles jazz DJ/musician Kellen Yamanaka has compiled a list of online obituaries as part of his own thoughtful reflections on Hill’s music.

Listen to Hill’s late 1960s Blue Note recordings in our earlier program, Fragments.

Music Heard On This Episode

Smokestack
Andrew Hill — Smokestack (Blue Note, 1963)
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Smokestack
Andrew Hill — Smokestack (Blue Note, 1963)
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Black Fire
Andrew Hill — Black Fire (Blue Note, 1963)

Notes: With Joe Henderson on tenor sax.

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Alfred
Andrew Hill — Judgment (Blue Note, 1964)

Notes: With Bobby Hutcherson on vibes.

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Flight 19
Andrew Hill — Point of Departure (Blue Note, 1964)

Notes: With Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet, Richard Davis on bass, and Tony Williams on drums.

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Ghetto Lights
Bobby Hutcherson — Dialogue (Blue Note, 1965)

Notes: Andrew Hill composition, with Hill on piano.

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Premonition
Andrew Hill — Compulsion (Blue Note, 1965)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Symmetry (alt. take)
Andrew Hill — Andrew! (Blue Note, 1964)

Notes: With John Gilmore on tenor sax and Bobby Hutcherson on vibes.

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Euterpe
Andrew Hill — Pax (Blue Note, 1965)

Notes: With Joe Henderson on tenor sax and Freddie Hubbard on cornet.

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Dedication
Andrew Hill — Point of Departure (Blue Note, 1964)

Notes: With Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet, Richard Davis on bass, and Tony Williams on drums.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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