ON THIS DAY…

…in 1931, pianist Andrew Hill was born in Chicago. He belonged to the same Blue Note set as Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Eric Dolphy, Kenny Dorham and Joe Henderson, but remained more of a jazz insider’s jazz man. Never the less, he recorded 10 albums under his own name including his 1964 work Point of Departure. The album’s complex compositions and fearless and unpredictable improvisations, were a pointer to the future of jazz then, and maybe even now. Hill died 20 April 2007 at home in Jersey City. This YouTube link will take you to a full version of Point of Departure where Hill can be heard playing alongside Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Eric Dolphy on alto sax, flute and bass clarinet, Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone, Richard Davis on double bass and Tony Williams on drums. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwWO8UYjmfI