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Andrew Hill’s Secret Sides

If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s new to you, right?

On October 7 Blue Note Records will issue composer-pianist-avant garde genius Andrew Hill’s never-before released Passing Ships as part of its continuing Connoisseur Series.

Deemed “non-commercial” in 1969 by a then struggling Blue Note Records and shelved upon its completion, the nonet session features some of Hill’s most complex arrangements. In addition to Hill’s beautifully expressive and mysterious piano, the album’s seven original compositions feature help from a high-profile cast of accompanying players. Trumpeters Woody Shaw and Dizzy Reece, multi-reeds virtuoso Joe Farrell, trombonist Julian Priester, bassist Ron Carter and Bitches Brew drummer Lenny White all push Passing Ships.

Even with a considerably endless catalogue of avant-jazz recordings behind him, Hill is no stranger to the jazz faithful of today. He continues to perform, releasing A Beautiful Day his acclaimed live album recorded at Birdland with his Sextet +11 in 2002.

Besides Passing Ships, Blue Note’s Connoisseur Series will also soon include reissues of classic recordings from Thelonious Monk quartet tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, trumpeter Lee Morgan, saxophonists Sam Rivers and Hank Mobley and organist Larry Young.

But here’s the track listing for Passing Ships:

1. Sideways

2. Passing Ships

3. Plantation Bag

4. Noon Tide

5. The Brown Queen

6. Cascade

7. Tomorrow

For more information about Blue Note’s Connoisseur Series visit

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