Jazz collectors know that they owe Michael Cuscuna a major debt for his work in uncovering masterpieces, particularly for his magnificent Mosaic box sets. The three-CD Mosaic Select series recently spawned Andrew Hill – Solo. Of the 14 selections (all but four are over 10 minutes long) that Hill performed during Aug.-Oct. 1978, only two were previously released. His thoughtful out-of-tempo ruminations are filled with original ideas and creative brilliance. The two versions of “California Tinge” are somewhat catchy in spots.
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