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Fragments: The Late 1960s Blue Note Recordings of Andrew Hill

Andrew HillPianist and composer Andrew Hill burst onto the jazz scene in the early 1960s with classic albums such as Black Fire and Point of Departure on the Blue Note label. Hill continued recording for the label throughout the 1960s, but many of the sessions went unreleased. After listening to the tapes last year with Mosaic producer Michael Cuscuna, Hill assented to their release in a three-CD compilation. We’ll hear music from two sessions done with a string quartet (said to have influenced Greg Osby’s Symbols of Light), a trio and septet date, and a session with Hill performing on organ.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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Diddy Wah
Andrew Hill — One for One (Blue Note, 1970)
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Without Malice
Andrew Hill — One for One (Blue Note, 1970)
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The Dance
Andrew Hill — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1970)
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Awake
Andrew Hill — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1967)
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Soul Mate
Andrew Hill — Mosaic Select (Mosaic)

Notes: Break music.

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Monkash
Andrew Hill — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1969)
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Illusion (alt. take)
Andrew Hill — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1969)
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Fragments
Andrew Hill — One for One (Blue Note, 1969)
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Resolution
Andrew Hill — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1967)
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MOMA
Andrew Hill — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1967)
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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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