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Andrew Hill: Hommage

Always one of the most mercurial figures in Blue Note’s vaunted late-’60s stable, pianist Andrew Hill was also one of the most extensively documented. Unfortunately, much of his work for the label has been released in fits and starts. But since Michael Cuscuna got involved with the label in the mid-’70s he’s unearthed four great sessions over nearly three decades. Finally, however, this three-CD box in Mosaic’s Select series empties the Blue Note vaults of the final gems from Hill’s stay at the label; unlike many of the other titles in the Mosaic series, nearly everything in this set is previously unreleased.

For many years Hill has been reticent to issue this material because he felt at the time he wasn’t able to put together bands fully able to invest the time into his challenging compositions. While there are clearly missteps once in a while, and some of the performances are hindered by some tentativeness, there’s too much superb music here to keep these recordings under wraps.

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