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Andrew Hill’s Grass Roots is a post-Alfred Lion Blue Note with adventurous and soulful hard bop, replete with off-center soul jazz and Latin tunes. The material marks out Hill as singularly intelligent composer with a sympathetic, if unlikely, line up including Lee Morgan, Booker Ervin, Ron Carter and Freddie Waits. Hill’s compositions and arrangements are as beautiful and complex as ever, and the ventures into groove-based rhythm is not the result of “dumbing-down” but rather another musical colour for Hill’s palette, reaching the parts other soul-jazz does not
Englewood Cliffs, N.J., August 5, 1968.