The Jazzcat

Andrew Hill at the Bakery

by on Feb.26, 2004, under News




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Jazz Master

extraordinaire and he certainly deserves that title. In a solo piano

performance that was cerebrally inspiring. Forget about cats and dogs,

its raining cows! You know the Los Angelinos don’t know how to act in

the rain but, a few managed to make it out to Bakery on Wednesday night

for a stellar performance.


I spotted Andrew in

the Lobby before the show. What a nice man. I got a chance to rap with

him for a few seconds before the show. Just a quick “have a great set”.

With class, he gulped down an espresso and went inside the performance

area to share his love.


One instrument, one man and one big beautiful sound! After he was announced, he  walked

out on stage and within a millisecond, music, Andrew Hill music! It

sounded like Carnegie Hall with Andrew playing the notes like drops of

water hitting the ground. It is so quiet in here, other than the

intricate, distinct and lovely sound that paints the room like Monet.


I heard a few Sphere

notes, one of Andrew’s idols, only three though; the rest was all done

in Andrew Hill fashion. The reds and blue lights of the stage cascade

their glistening light on Andrew as he strides, glides and dances on

the white gold!


The sound is rich and

the story is told. It’s like a silent movie, only you hear the music

and the silence is your imagination. I can hear a hot day in Harlem

with the sun kissing down on the back of the neck of a young man to

children playing in the green meadow to the ocean’s shore washing

between your toes. Escapes, adventures and the peacefulness of one

ballerina emerge as the giant gentle plays.


What would your life

be like if you grew up in the apartment next door? Would you be a

writer, a poet, or would you play? Andrew Hill music and your mind can

make all things possible!


He takes a slight

pause and stands for just a moment between pieces before he begins a

new sculpture. Have you ever heard the title track from his album “Life

Every Voice”? It will blow you away! Also check out the classic “Point

of Departure” with Eric Dolphy, Joe Henderson and a number of other

jazz heroes. It was so quiet after Andrew played that the raindrops

acted as the sound of a constant standing ovation. Natures love for the

great one, Andrew Hill!



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