Personnel: Charles Tolliver (trumpet), Joe Farrell (tenor sax, soprano sax), Andrew Hill (piano), Victor Sproles (bass), Billy Higgins (drums)
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Andrew Hill and the Penguin Guide Lists
I chanced upon a some jazz lists this afternoon, and that put me back in that classical mood. First there is the Jazz Calendar Page. Did you know that today is Charlie Christian's 94th birthday? Happy Birthday, Charlie, in that great jazz club in the sky.
Better yet, here is a site that presents all the four star rankings from the Penguin Guide to Jazz (may it be praised). I have relied heavily upon the Penguin Guide in my collecting, and I think it is the only standard for collectors. This stalwart soul lists all the albums that have received a four star ranking in any of the nine editions of the Guide. He also notes those that got a crown (author's favorite) and those that get a "core collection" rating. I have almost all of the core entries from my well worn Eighth Edition. If you are collecting, get the most recent Guide. The reviews are very helpful. Either way, download the lists from this site linked above. It is very helpful.
For example: I noticed a recording by Andrew Hill from the Ninth Edition that I didn't know about. I am waiting for the 10th! So I downloaded it from Amazon for a cool seven smackers. Hill is one of those artists I first approached because of the PG. His Point of Departure is one of the greatest jazz recordings, IMHO. Nearly as good is Andrew! Both make the PG core.
Dance with Death (a 2004 reissue of a 1968 recording) isn't in that circle of heaven, but it is quite good. The song titles, like the album title, remind one of Wayne Shorter's great spooky albums. Unlike Shorter's works, the music isn't really very spooky in feel. That's okay. If you like Hill, you will like this one. Here is the lineup, from the AllAboutJazz review:
And here is a sample, excerpted from the first cut.
Even the flower thing reminds me of Shorter. Tolliver's trumpet is exquisite. Put this one on your Christmas List.
Meanwhile I am contemplating a list of the Top Ten Jazz Men (1950-1965). I am thinking about artists who are stand out in fame and impact on the music. Okay, Miles and Trane are going numbers one and two. If you have any ideas, let me know.