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Andrew Hill Dies at 75

Jazz piano legend and Blue Note alumnus Andrew Hill died this morning in Jersey City, N.J., around 4 a.m. Hill had been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004 and in the years following, his health wavered between better and worse bouts. He was 75.

On Blue Note, Hill recorded some of his most memorable compositions and significant albums, notably 1964’s masterpiece Point of Departure, widely considered one of the great, criminally overlooked jazz recordings. The album features Hill with his sextet, in what may be his most assured moment, moving forward with the avant-garde piano styles of Thelonious Monk.

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