4.23.2007

R.I.P



Não, o nome do disco não é "R.I.P". Muito menos se trata de uma sequencia do V.S.O.P. Simplesmente requiescat in pace, descanse em paz.
Perdemos um gênio do jazz. Desconhecido até mesmo pelos estudiosos do assunto, Andrew Hill produziu discos de beleza e complexidade impares. Raros são aqueles que têm orelhas suficientes para apreciá-lo, porém, uma vez pego por Andrew, com suas melodias completamente tortas e seu estilo único, ouvir qualquer outra coisa fica difícil.
Segue a nota publicada pelo New York Times, em seguida alguns discos. Certamente muitos não irão gostar de Andrew, principalmente aqueles que gostam do jazz de um Dave Brubeck, por exemplo, e tantos outros mais fáceis de se ouvir. Andrew nao é brincadeira.
Ou talvez tenha sido o mais brincalhão de todos...

New York Times, APR 21 2007
Andrew Hill, 75, Jazz Artist Known for His Daring Style, Dies
Andrew Hill, a pianist and composer of highly original and sometimes opaquely inner-dwelling jazz whose work only recently found a wide audience, died yesterday at his home in Jersey City. He was 75.



The cause was lung cancer, said his wife, Joanne Robinson Hill.

It took almost 40 years for Mr. Hill’s work to be absorbed into jazz’s mainstream. From the first significant album in his discography (“Black Fire,” 1963) to the last (“Time Lines,” 2006), his work is an eloquent example of how jazz can combine traditional and original elements, notation and pure improvisation, playing both outside and inside strict time and harmony.

Mr. Hill was born in Chicago in 1931 — not Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as his early biographical information read, and not in 1937, as he often stated. He started playing music at 7, by learning the accordion; beginning at 10, he said, he taught himself how to play piano.

He eventually played be-bop with local musicians in Chicago, and worked on the road with Dinah Washington, Johnny Hartman and Dakota Staton. He got a chance to play with Charlie Parker at the Greystone Ballroom in Detroit in 1954. A job with Roland Kirk (later Rahsaan Roland Kirk) brought him to New York in the early 1960s.

In those years Mr. Hill was perceived as a kind of extension of Thelonious Monk, 20 years after Monk’s emergence. Both were brilliant composers, and played in a style suited to their own writing. And both careers benefited from the enthusiasm of Alfred Lion, from Blue Note Records, who was so enthusiastic about Mr. Hill that he recorded five albums’ worth of material in eight months.

Those five albums were “Black Fire,” “Smokestack,” “Judgment,” “Point of Departure” and “Andrew!!!,” and much of Mr. Hill’s reputation rests on them. With some of the best musicians at the time — Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham, Roy Haynes and others — the records occupied an area between hard bop and abstract jazz. Some of the music was structured strangely, yet there was a strange emotional resonance in the writing, a cloudy romanticism.

Mr. Hill was unsuccessful in finding much of an audience for his work after the mid-1960s, and found it hard to maintain bands or work in clubs. But he was also committed to the idea that the jazz bandleader could live as a composer, not just a nightclub entertainer. He sought arts grants and worked increasingly as a solo performer on the college circuit.

He lived in upstate New York during the early 1970s, and then in California; in the 1980s, he recorded for the Soul Note label in Milan.

In 1989 he was signed again to Blue Note, which had been recently resurrected by EMI, making the albums “Eternal Spirit” and “But Not Farewell,” and beginning a renewal of interest in his early work. That same year, after the death of his wife Laverne, he moved to Oregon to teach at Portland State University until 1996, when he returned to the New York City area, and re-entered the map of jazz. His wife Joanne Robinson Hill survives him.

In his remarkable final decade, Mr. Hill led several bands, including a sextet, a big band and a quartet including the trumpeter Charles Tolliver. He made three new albums, all well received. In 2003 he received the Danish JazzPar Award, the biggest international honor in jazz.

Finally he was signed for the third time to Blue Note, recording “Time Lines.” Much of his early recorded work came out on CD, including 11 albums recorded for Blue Note during the 1960s that had never been released. At last, his challenging music was being performed or adapted by other musicians.

Mr. Hill’s last performance was at Trinity Church in Manhattan on March 29. On May 12 he is to receive an honorary doctorate posthumously from Berklee College of Music.


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2 comments:

Nhonhão Paranah said...

É isso aí: Andrew nao é brincadeira. Ou talvez tenha sido o mais brincalhão de todos...
Eu acho que um disco que mereceria estar aqui é o Hommage ou então o Verona Rag, que mostram Andrew Hill solo. Com isto as pessoas poderiam percebê-lo melhor.

Edu said...

Gordo, coloca mais Andrew. O cara é muito bom mesmo. Muita Classe....
MAIS!!!