Andrew Hill : uniquely gifted composer, pianist and educator

Whenever the thumbnail sketch of the 1960s American jazz avant-garde is drawn, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor or Sun Ra appear in the foreground - and even a half-dozen other faces might materialize before that of Andrew Hill, who died at age 75 of lung cancer on this date in 2007. A uniquely gifted … Continue reading Andrew Hill : uniquely gifted composer, pianist and educator

Four Post-Bop Classics on Blue Note

Post-bop is jazz from the mid-1960s onward that assimilates hard bop, modal jazz, avant-garde and free jazz without necessarily being immediately identifiable as any of the above. According to musicologist Jeremy Yudkin, post-bop does not follow "the conventions of bop or the apparently formless freedom of the new jazz".  He wrote in his definition of … Continue reading Four Post-Bop Classics on Blue Note