A 52 Week Autobiography Through Music – Week 47 – Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill's music has always reached a place inside me that other jazz composers don't. There is so much space in his music, and a patience that is inviting and reassuring. He was an unusual sort of pianist who's personal style often contrasted greatly with the styles of improvisation of the other musicians on his records and somehow, even though the other players are at times quite virtuosic, there is no sense that the individual soloist's contributions are floating on top of the musical background as can often happen in Jazz. In this music it very much feels like an organic living, breathing ensemble working together to build something. The soloists function more like pillars of support, carrying the weight and balancing different aspects of the the musical architecture rather than being ornaments placed on top of it.
Enough said. Take some time to listen and explore his music and you will be rewarded.