May 31, 2020 – 5:42 am

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Montreal 1988 [no label, 1CD]

Jazz Festival Montreal. Theatre Port Royal, Montreal, Canada; July 1, 1988. Very good FM broadcast.

Andrew Hill’s main influences were pianist Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and Art Tatum. Uniquely innovative, he strove to always be advancing while staying grounded in the traditions of his influences. He would often play against the rhythmic pulse and move into different time signatures. Hill recorded for Blue Note Records for nearly a decade, producing a dozen albums. Jazz critic John Fordham noted that “his status remained largely inside knowledge in the jazz world for most of his career.” Hill passed away in 2007 at the age of 75.

Adam Shatz, thenation.com:

Mal Waldron’s style is invariably described as “brooding” - almost all of his pieces are in a minor key - but it could also be described as analytical. Most jazz pianists work to create an effect of outward motion when they improvise. Swing, after all, is a musical analogue of dance, and its aim is to make the body more expansive and supple. Waldron’s music appears to work in nearly the opposite direction, burrowing ever more deeply into its materials: He seems to be on an inward journey.

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Thanks to jazzrita for sharing the show at Dime.

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The Medley track has been arbitrarily split for easier access. It includes T Monk’s Evidence.

Track 01. Medley - Part A 10:18
Track 02. Medley - Part B 15:48
Track 03. Medley - Part C 11:03
Track 04. Medley - Part D 12:45
Track 05. Medley - Part E 21:41
Track 06. I Should Care 12:25
84 mins

Andrew Hill, piano left
Mal Waldron, piano right

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  2. Hill and Waldron - two of the best of their era and also two most distinctive stylists; playing together; can’t wait to hear it; but for some reason I can’t download it.

    By treborij on May 31, 2020

  3. Less is more when it comes to real Jazz . Subtlety over bombast is the key , examples, Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk , John Coltrane, Pre bitches brew Miles Davis. This is basically a two man event and is outstanding. This is real jazz and has my approval.

    By Smashmouth on Jun 1, 2020

  4. Rumor has it that I fantasize about putting big uns in my toothless mouth.

    By U L E on Jun 1, 2020

  5. Figured out what I was doing wrong and was able to download it. This is a fantastic set! They’re two really different pianists but they mesh beautifully. I’m a big fan of piano duets. If you can ever find the Misha Mengelberg / Fred Van Hove duet from a radio broadcast from Freiburg in 1972, about 30 minutes, you should post it.

    By treborij on Jun 1, 2020

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