paul secor

Buck Hill RIP

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Wasn't he a mailman?

Buck Hill played and recorded with Rein de Graaff in the Netherlands.

R.I.P.

 

 

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There are some good Muse recordings by Hill, too.  And he played very nicely on a recording with Shirley Horn, Close Enough For Love...

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He was a fine musician and man. His wife was always concerned that carrying that mail bag every day was damaging his health. She was always begging him to stop and on a couple of occasions asked me to help convince him. He had a long and productive life.

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I think he was one of the many more obscure musicians I found out early on thanks to JE Berendt ... fine player, I have at least half a dozen of his Steeplechase, Muse and more recent albums and have enjoyed each and every one I've heard, including his appearances with Shirley Horn.

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Very good tenor player.  I believe he didn't make his first LP as a leader ("This Is Buck Hill" on SteepleChase Records) until he was over 50 in 1978.  R.I.P.

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4 hours ago, alankin said:

Very good tenor player.  I believe he didn't make his first LP as a leader ("This Is Buck Hill" on SteepleChase Records) until he was over 50 in 1978.  R.I.P.

It's possible......  Like Scott Yanow said: "Buck Hill received some fame in the 1970s for being a mailman who also plays tenor. He actually began playing professionally in 1943, but always had a day job in Washington, D.C. He recorded with Charlie Byrd (1958-1959), but had to wait until the late '70s before getting his own dates. He went on to lead sessions for SteepleChase and Muse, displaying a large tone and a swinging style".

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