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June 30, 1931 - April 20, 2007

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"The Jazz Sessions" showcases pianist and composer Andrew Hill.

Andrew Hill began playing piano in Chicago at age thirteen encouraged by Earl "Fatha" Hines and was soon performing in the bands of touring jazz musicians, including Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.

His work as a sideman began in 1954 but by 1960 he rarely performed anything outside of his own compositions.

While many of his contemporaries were totally jettisoning the rhythmic and harmonic techniques of bop and hard bop, Hill worked to extend their possibilities; his was a revolution from within.

He exhibited a determined command of his materials, however abstract they might sometimes be. His composed melodies were labyrinthine, rhythmically and harmonically complex tunes that exhibit a sophistication born of mastery, not chance or contingency.

As a pianist, Hill had a flowing melodicism and an elastic sense of time. Like his composing, Hill's playing had an ever-present air of spontaneity and was almost completely devoid of cliché.



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