A Beautiful Day

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Andrew Hill followed his first Palmetto release, the widely acclaimed Dusk, with this remarkable live album, which was recorded during a three-night run at New York's Birdland in January 2002. Whereas Dusk featured a sextet, A Beautiful Day boasts a large ensemble, billed at Birdland and previous gigs as the Andrew Hill Sextet + 11. Despite a large regiment of horns, Hill's reflective piano figures prominently. Trumpeter Ron Horton relieves Hill of the conducting burden by serving as musical director, managing an arcane system of cues and transitions and keeping all the players, quite literally, on the same page. The band's peculiar methodology yields a wonderfully ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Andrew Hill followed his first Palmetto release, the widely acclaimed Dusk, with this remarkable live album, which was recorded during a three-night run at New York's Birdland in January 2002. Whereas Dusk featured a sextet, A Beautiful Day boasts a large ensemble, billed at Birdland and previous gigs as the Andrew Hill Sextet + 11. Despite a large regiment of horns, Hill's reflective piano figures prominently. Trumpeter Ron Horton relieves Hill of the conducting burden by serving as musical director, managing an arcane system of cues and transitions and keeping all the players, quite literally, on the same page. The band's peculiar methodology yields a wonderfully complex and layered sound, by turns strident and melodious, driven by the sturdy rhythmic backbone of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Nasheet Waits. Jose Davila reinforces the low end with his omnipresent tuba. Amid the fanfare of full band passages, contemplative interludes emerge, with varied and inspired instrumental colorings. Tenor saxophonists Greg Tardy and Aaron Stewart go toe to toe on the opening "Divine Revelation," an older piece, newly arranged by Horton. "Faded Beauty" includes radiant solos by John Savage on flute and Marty Ehrlich on bass clarinet. Horton steps forward to deliver pointed witticisms on "Belleza," baritone saxophonist J.D. Parron gets the floor on the exuberant "J Di," and Hill weaves spiky piano harmonies into the dense structures of "5 Mo" and "New Pinnochio." The epic title track winds down with an enigmatic foray by trumpeter Dave Ballou, who is joined in short order by John Savage on alto sax. With its wide array of available textures and juxtapositions, the big band proves an ideal vehicle for Hill's powerful, unclassifiable music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • Label: Palmetto Records
  • UPC: 753957208523
  • Catalog Number: 2085
  • Sales rank: 331,738

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andrew Hill Primary Artist, Piano
Marty Ehrlich Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Mike Fahn Trombone
Scott Colley Bass
John Savage Flute, Alto Saxophone
Greg Tardy Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Nasheet Waits Drums
Dave Ballou Trumpet
J.D. Parron Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Gordon Trombone
Ron Horton Trumpet, Musical Direction
Aaron Stewart Tenor Saxophone
Joe Fiedler Trombone
Jose Davila Tuba
Technical Credits
Matt Balitsaris Producer
Andrew Hill Composer
Stanley Crouch Liner Notes
A.T. Michael MacDonald Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dense & Beautiful

    At once both dense, edgy, and achingly beautiful, this live release,recorded during a three-night run at New York's Birdland in January 2002 received well-deserved acclaim from critics, ranking high in almost every "best of" poll from that year. The band of fourteen works Hill's distinctive compositions without overwhelming, allowing from introspective soloes and Hill's own accomplished piano figures. Parts of it are reminiscent of Gershwin's jazz-like symphonies, while other moments find the band going from elegantly quiet soloes to densely layered sheets of sound. This is a recording that joyfully requires repeated listenings to discern every nuance.

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