Andrew Hill is a highly individual pianist and composer who is often compared with Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor, if only by virtue of his uniqueness and forward-looking compositional style. In his teens, he played with Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, and others, and effectively became Chicago's house pianist for visiting artists. During the 1960s, after moving to New York, he made a number of excellent albums for Blue Note, under his own name and with Bobby Hutcherson and Joe Henderson. His later Blue Note sessions display a dense, turbulent, intensely gripping musical approach. He also enjoyed a resurgence of interest in 2003 with the long-delayed release of the large-group PASSING SHIPS which was originally recorded in 1969. Andrew Hill died in 2007.
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