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Andrew Hill: Where do you personally rank him


Compared w/ other jazz pianists/composers (who have come on the scene since 1950), where do YOU rank Andrew Hill??? (Based on your own personally ranking system - NOT based on where you think he 'should' be ranked)  

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Hill's in my top five for the reasons DrJ described much more eloquently than I could.

His "difficulty" is part of what keeps me coming back to his records again and again. He's engaging to me on an intellectual level as well as an emotional one. I find great beauty in his work...

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...and even the recent LES TRINITAIRES.

Speaking of which, does anybody know where I can score me one of these??


Preferably without breaking the bank, and possibly from a U.S. vendor of some sort?? Or if it has to be from some place overseas, can somebody vouch for them??

I'm a big fan of Hill's solo piano recordings, and I'm sure that years from now I'll be kicking myself if I don't pick this one up now, while it's still sorta-kinda-available. Thanks a bunch!!!!

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Guest Chaney

...and even the recent LES TRINITAIRES.

Speaking of which, does anybody know where I can score me one of these??...

Sheesh! That's easy.

Sent you a PM.

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I think the poll as listed is unfair. I like Andrew a lot, but am not sure where he would rank in my top 50 list. AH is a fine, serious artist but I'm not sure he belongs above any number of artists recorded in the 75+ years of jazz history. The '20s produced a shitload of great keyboard artists and each following decade produced more. I think Earl Hines takes up about 5 spaces in my top 50.

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Hi Chuck - glad to see you back!!!

RE: Your post just now... That's why I specifically said that the poll was only to consider jazz pianists of the last 50 years or so. I realize that if one opens up the choices to the whole gambit of jazz piano history (of the entire last century), then there are lots of other names to be considered too. I guess what I was driving at was some sense of where Hill fit in people's thoughts about the cats who came up in the 50's, 60's, and beyond. Maybe that shows some of my biases, but more than anything - it just shows where my interests are more strongly weighted.

So then, can I assume you didn't vote, Chuck??

I almost did the poll by simply asking, "on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being 'not at all', and 10 being 'like manna from heaven'), how much do like Andrew Hill, as a pianist/composer/band-leader (combined).

Perhaps that would have worked better at getting to my real question, which was "how much do the people on this board like/dislike Hill".

(My sense was that the Organissimo board likes Hill a whole lot more than the All-About-Jazz board.)

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I have a ton of Andrew Hill, I like almost all of it. Most of the 60s stuff is incredible. I'd probably put him in my top 20, which I think is extremely respectable. He's great, but I can't say he is/was "capital G" great like Monk, Powell, Herbie, Tyner, etc. (Yes, Tyner goes in my short list of "capital G" great pianists. I know not everyone agrees with that.)

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