Andrew Hill's Pax

Long-shelved jazz classic



(Blue Note)

This mid-'60s session — featuring idiosyncratic composer/pianist Hill with a kickin' band that includes Joe Henderson and Freddie Hubbard — was inexplicably shelved by Blue Note and didn't fully see the light of day until 2006. As is usual for Hill, the music dances the line between post-bop structure and the avant-garde. His herky-jerky piano work is initially jarring but has an inner logic and quirky cohesion that keeps listeners on their toes. He and the band tackle six of his jittery, mostly hard-swinging tunes with an adroit combination of verve and sensitivity. Ultimately, Pax is challenging jazz that's eminently listenable.

About The Author

Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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