Of the many jazz pianists who came of age in the 1960s, the brilliant Andrew Hill was not only one of the best, but among the most underrated. Perhaps this is due to Hill's subtle, minimalist, Thelonious Monk-derived style, which was alternately too conservative to attract attention from the out movement, yet too unusual for the average straight-ahead jazz fan. CHANGE is a session from 1966, previously available only as part of a long-out-of-print Sam Rivers Blue Note set issued in the '70s. Hill's quartet consists of Sam Rivers, an urgent, volatile tenor saxophonist; Walter Booker on bass; and J.C. Moses on drums. The titles of Hill's compositions perfectly evoke the mood of this vital, commanding session, with Hill and Rivers in top form.
Personnel: Andrew Hill (piano); Sam Rivers (tenor saxophone); Walter Booker (bass instrument); J.C. Moses (drums).