Tuesday, May 01, 2007
[jeez Id hate to become 'The Memorializing Guy' But] It appears THE GREAT ELASTIC AUTONOMOUS COMPOSER-PIANIST ANDREW HILL died last week of cancer. The only musician that had better timing than Hill was maybe Miles Davis (but Andrew probably waited on/for notes even longer than Miles could ever stand to).
He created full organisms with his music. I can listen to something with him on it--put it on the shelf--return to it later and it will present itself in a fully shifted form. The stuff is very much alive. If my brain was the center of the universe then it would have created solids, liquids, gases and Andrew Hill. (and werner herzog too, probably. [knock on wood, jinx, boing flip, you owe me a coke])
If you are unfamiliar with the amazing work of the amazing Andrew Hill, I suggest picking up one of my favorites which include: Dance With Death, Passing Ships, Judgement, Compulsion, Invitation