Andrew Hill : Judgment!

Andrew Hill : Judgment!


Andrew Hill (piano), Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone), Richard Davis (bass), Elvin Jones (drums)

Blue Note 4159

Music Matters Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited Edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1 - Siete Ocho
2 - Flea Flop
3 - Yokada Yokada
4 - Alfred
5 - Judgement
6 - Reconciliation

Recorded on January 8, 1964 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

As a pianist and a composer, Andrew Hill was always fearless. He stretched hard bop to the breaking point and, while his music included the best qualities of the avant-garde and modal jazz, it was so original that it did not fit into any one category. 

Hill's series of Blue Note albums in the 1960s includes many treasures, music that still sounds original and futuristic today. On Judgment, he leads a quartet with Bobby Hutcherson, Richard Davis and Elvin Jones through his innovative compositions and, while the structures are complex and unpredictable, the music reveals its own logic and surprises. 

This is dynamic music that sounds unlike anyone else's. These stunning performances grow in interest and value with each listen, fulfilling Alfred Lion's vision of releasing timeless music that could have come from no other label.

The first track, "Siete Ocho", meaning "Seven Eight", is an intriguing 7/8 piece with a main theme about 20 measures long. "Flea Flop" was named "for the first notes of the melody, which seemed to suggest a jumping flea. This is also dedicated to the hotels and motels that jazz sidemen are obliged to stay in all over the country." The composition "Yokada Yokada" was named after the song "Yakety Yak", referring to "senseless dialogue between people," whilst "Alfred" was, of course, dedicated to producer Alfred Lion because of his "natural understanding of jazz in general," and because of the rapport that was established in the interpretation of Hill's tunes. The title track "Judgment" was inspired by a poem written by Hill's wife, Lavern. Ultimately, "Reconciliation" wants to represent "the adjustment every musician has to make to achieve unity and harmony with the rest of the group.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is mastered from the original analog tape and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.