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Andrew Hill - A Beautiful Day (2002)

22-07-2015, 08:03
Music | Jazz

Andrew Hill - A Beautiful Day (2002)

Artist: Andrew Hill
Title Of Album: A Beautiful Day
Year Of Release: 2000
Label: Palmetto
Genre: Jazz
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Time: 01:01:28 min
Total Size: 146 mb
WWW: allmusic

Andrew Hill followed his first Palmetto release, the widely acclaimed Dusk, with this remarkable live album, which was recorded during a three-night run at New York's Birdland in January 2002. Whereas Dusk featured a sextet, A Beautiful Day boasts a large ensemble, billed at Birdland and previous gigs as the Andrew Hill Sextet + 11. Despite a large regiment of horns, Hill's reflective piano figures prominently. Trumpeter Ron Horton relieves Hill of the conducting burden by serving as musical director, managing an arcane system of cues and transitions and keeping all the players, quite literally, on the same page. The band's peculiar methodology yields a wonderfully complex and layered sound, by turns strident and melodious, driven by the sturdy rhythmic backbone of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Nasheet Waits. Jose Davila reinforces the low end with his omnipresent tuba. Amid the fanfare of full band passages, contemplative interludes emerge, with varied and inspired instrumental colorings. Tenor saxophonists Greg Tardy and Aaron Stewart go toe to toe on the opening "Divine Revelation," an older piece, newly arranged by Horton. "Faded Beauty" includes radiant solos by John Savage on flute and Marty Ehrlich on bass clarinet. Horton steps forward to deliver pointed witticisms on "Belleza," baritone saxophonist J.D. Parron gets the floor on the exuberant "J Di," and Hill weaves spiky piano harmonies into the dense structures of "5 Mo" and "New Pinnochio." The epic title track winds down with an enigmatic foray by trumpeter Dave Ballou, who is joined in short order by John Savage on alto sax. With its wide array of available textures and juxtapositions, the big band proves an ideal vehicle for Hill's powerful, unclassifiable music. (Allmusic)

Andrew Hill - A Beautiful Day (2002)
01. Divine Revelation [08:19]
02. Faded Beauty [11:28]
03. Bellezza [08:43]
04. 5 Mo [06:42]
05. New Pinnochio [07:36]
06. J Di [05:50]
07. A Beautiful Day [11:44]
08. 11/8 [01:06]

Andrew Hill - piano;
John Savage - flute, alto sax;
Marty Ehrlich - clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax;
Greg Tardy - clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax;
J.D. Parron - bass clarinet, baritone sax;
Aaron Stewart - tenor sax;
Dave Ballou, Ron Horton - trumpet;
Charlie Gordon, Joe Fiedler, Mike Fahn - trombone;
Jose Davila - tuba;
Scott Colley - bass;
Nasheet Waits - drums.

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