Compulsion [RVG Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Compulsion continues Andrew Hill's progression, finding the pianist writing more complex compositions and delving even further into the avant-garde. Working with a large, percussion-heavy band featuring Freddie Hubbard trumpet, flugelhorn, John Gilmore tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, Cecil McBee bass, Joe Chambers drums, Renaud Simmons conga, Nadi Qamar percussion, and, for one track, Richard Davis bass, Hill has created one of his most challenging dates. The extra percussion is largely used for texture, as is the dueling bass on "Premonition," and that's one of the reasons why the record is so interesting -- it's a provocative, occasionally unsettling set of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Compulsion continues Andrew Hill's progression, finding the pianist writing more complex compositions and delving even further into the avant-garde. Working with a large, percussion-heavy band featuring Freddie Hubbard trumpet, flugelhorn, John Gilmore tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, Cecil McBee bass, Joe Chambers drums, Renaud Simmons conga, Nadi Qamar percussion, and, for one track, Richard Davis bass, Hill has created one of his most challenging dates. The extra percussion is largely used for texture, as is the dueling bass on "Premonition," and that's one of the reasons why the record is so interesting -- it's a provocative, occasionally unsettling set of shifting tonal colors. Hill's compositions often seem more like sketches and blueprints than full-fledged songs. This, of course, is not a bad thing, since this approach allows the musicians room to improvise and discover evocative new sounds. Overall, Compulsion doesn't hold together as well as Black Fire or Point of Departure, but the session has enough fiery, challenging highlights to make it necessary for Hill fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 094637423028
  • Catalog Number: 74230
  • Sales rank: 92,919

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Compulsion (14:15)
  2. 2 Legacy (5:50)
  3. 3 Premonition (10:32)
  4. 4 Limbo (10:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andrew Hill Primary Artist, Piano
Richard Davis Bass
Cecil McBee Bass
Nadi Qamar Percussion, African Drums, Thumb Piano
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Technical Credits
Andrew Hill Composer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Remastering
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Alfred Lion Producer
Reid Miles Cover Photo
Amanda Wray Reissue Director
Gordon H. Jee Reissue Director
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