The 2003 release of Andrew Hill's Passing Ships on Blue Note set off a torrent of requests for more unissued Hill material. After some discussions with the artist, we came up with a solution: clean out the closet in one fell swoop. Personnel:(A1)
With the release of these sessions, recorded between 1967 and '70, every piece of music from Andrew Hill's Blue Note recordings has been issued. This outstanding, unique pianist-composer is heard in a variety of contexts, and only six of the 31 selections on this set have ever been out in any form. Their common denominator is Andrew's brilliant improvisations and unique compositions.
The 1970 sextet with trumpeter Charles Tolliver and saxophonists Pat Patrick and Bennie Maupin features six challenging pieces played with drive and swing. Some of the best writing in the set comes from two 1969 dates that pair Hill's quartet (Maupin, Ron Carter and Mickey Roker or Carlos Garnett, Richard Davis and Freddie Waits) with a fully integrated string quartet. Three tunes from each of these projects were previously issued, but now the entire sessions have been newly remixed from the original eight-track tapes for release.
A February 1967 session with saxophonists Robin Kenyatta and Sam Rivers features Hill's recorded debut at the organ on two selections, an instrument to which he returns for two pieces on his May 1967 trio date with Ron Carter and Teddy Robinson. From October 1967 comes a powerful septet date with Woody Shaw, Kenyatta, Rivers and Howard Johnson in the front line.
Charles Tolliver, trumpet; Pat Patrick, flute, alto clarinet, alto sax, baritone sax;
Bennie Maupin, flute, tenor sax; Andrew Hill, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Paul Motian, drums.
Recorded on January 16, 1970.
Charles Tolliver, trumpet, flugelhorn; Pat Patrick, flute, alto clarinet, alto sax
Bennie Maupin, flute, bass clarinet, tenor sax; Andrew Hill, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Ben Riley, drums.
Recorded on January 23, 1970.(B1)
Carlos Garnett, tenor sax; Andrew Hill, piano; Richard Davis, bass; Freddie Waits, drums;
Sanford Allen, violin; Selwart Clarke, Booker Rowe, viola; Kermit Moore, cello.
Recorded on June 13,1969.(B2)
Bennie Maupin, flute, tenor sax; Andrew Hill, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Mickey Roker, drums;
Sanford Allen, violin; Selwart Clarke, Al Brown, viola; Kermit Moore, cello.
Recorded on August 1,1969.
Andrew Hill, piano; Ron Carter, bass, Teddy Robinson, drums.
Hill plays soprano sax on a section of "Six At The Top" and organ on sections of "Resolution" and "Nine At The Bottom".
Recorded on May 17,1967.(D)
Woody Shaw, trumpet; Robin Kenyatta, alto sax; Sam Rivers, soprano sax, tenor sax;
Howard Johnson, baritone sax, tuba; Andrew Hill, piano; Herbie Lewis, bass; Teddy Robinson, drums.
Recorded on October 31,1967(E)
Robin Kenyatta, alto sax; Sam Rivers, flute, soprano sax, tenor sax; Andrew Hill, piano, organ;
Cecil McBee, bass; Teddy Robinson, drums; Nadi Qamar (Spaulding Givens), thumb piano, African drum, bells.
Recorded on February 10,1967
Original sessions produced by Francis Wolff (A,B,D) and Alfred Lion (C,E)
Recording engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
All sessions recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJDISC ONE:
1. Without Malice (A2)
2. Ocho Rios (first version) (A1)
3. Diddy Wah (A1)
4. Ode To Infinity (A2
5. The Dance (A1)
6. Satin Lady (A2)
7. Ocho Rios (second version) (A2)
8. Monkash (B1)
9. Mahogany (B1)DISC TWO:
1. Illusion (B2)
2. Poinsettia (B2)
3. Fragments (B2)
4. Soul Mate (B2)
5. Illusion (alternate take) (B2
6. Interfusion (C)
7. Resolution (C)
8. Chained (C)
9. MOMA (C)
10. Nine At The Bottom (C)
11. Six At The Top (C)
12. Nine At The Bottom (alternate take) (C)DISC THREE:
1. For Blue People Only (D)
2. Enamorado (D)
3. Mother's Tale (D)
4. Oriba (first version) (D)
5. Oriba (second version) (D)
6. Awake (E)
7. Now (E)
8. I (E)
9. Yomo (E)
10. Prevue (E)