Andrew Hill - Compulsion!!!

Blue Note RVG Edition 0946 374230 2        ***** RECOMMENDED
Hill (p), Freddie Hubbard (t), John Gilmore (ts, bcl), Cecil McBee, Richard Davis (‘Premonition’ only) (b), Joe Chambers (d), Nadi Qamar and Renaud Simmons (perc). Rec. 1965
Andrew Hill - Compulsion!!!
One of the great jazz albums. This is the one I’ve been moaning for years about not having ever been reissued on Blue Note CD before now when other of the label’s titles have been reissued four or maybe five times over. This is so good, it’s burning. Just burning. I can’t believe I have to write this review in the same month the news came through that Andrew Hill died. We had to wait that long. Point of Departure (and to a lesser extent Black Fire) has the kudos, and probably always will have, but this is its equal. It is an astounding disc, driven by wildly exciting percussion from Qamar and Simmons and galvanic piano playing by Hill: if anyone ever displayed the untamed fire of Bud Powell and Cecil Taylor at their best from another contemporary perspective entirely, it was Hill. He drives Hubbard to staggering levels of invention and eloquence on the title track and deeply moving but in-your-face lyricism on ‘Premonition’.

On the latter track Richard Davis pulls off what is equivalent to an avant verismo aria on doublebass. Elsewhere McBee brings almost demoniac passion to his bass playing. Gilmore’s tortured logic fits the music perfectly. The RVG remastering is excellent, allowing me to hear details I had to surmise on my old LP. I know the music’s been out before as part of one of those gigantic Mosaic boxes, but that doesn’t count. For me, on account of its rarity and its undimmed brilliance, this has to be a strong candidate for reissue of the year. Get it while you can: it might be another long wait for the next time around. Keith Shadwick

This review is taken from Jazzwise Issue #110, to read the most comprehensive review section of jazz and beyond and receive a  Free CD, subscribe here…

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website

If you do not change browser settings, you consent to continue. Learn more

I understand

Album Reviews

Sonny Rollins Trio – Complete 1957-62 Studio Recordings ★★★★

Sonny Rollins Trio – Complete 1957-62 St…

Essential Jazz Classics EJC55704 2CDSonny Rollins (ts), with (collective personnel)...

Read More.....
Flying Machines - Flying Machines – ★★★★

Flying Machines - Flying Machines – ★★★★

Pictor Records Pic 001 Alex Munk (g), Matt Robinson (p...

Read More.....
Tom Harrison Quintet – Unfolding In Tempo ★★★

Tom Harrison Quintet – Unfolding In Temp…

Lyte LR038Tom Harrison (as), Cleveland Watkiss (v), Robert Mitchell (p)...

Read More.....
HERLIN RILEY – NEW DIRECTION ★★★

HERLIN RILEY – NEW DIRECTION ★★★

Mack Avenue Herlin Riley (d, v), Bruce Harris (t), Goodwin Louis...

Read More.....
PRESSURE 75 – MELTDOWN ★★★

PRESSURE 75 – MELTDOWN ★★★

East Green Records Sam Eastmond (t), Ben Greenslade-Stanton (tb, ky, g...

Read More.....

JAZZWISE MARCH 2016 ISSUE ALBUMS REVIEWE…

All these albums are reviewed in the March 2016 issue...

Read More.....

Jazzwise February 2016 Issue Albums Revi…

All these albums are reviewed in the February 2016 issue...

Read More.....
Australian Jazz Round Up February 2016

Australian Jazz Round Up February 2016

This month, three great albums, three different styles, but sadly...

Read More.....
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters ★★★★

John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: The Comp…

Impulse Records John Coltrane (ts), McCoy Tyner (p), Jimmy Garrison (b), Elvin...

Read More.....
Australian Jazz Album Round-up December 2015

Australian Jazz Album Round-up December …

A real contrast in musical styles is evident here, from...

Read More.....
Rha Stranges – Multidirectional  ★★★

Rha Stranges – Multidirectional ★★★

Perfect Star RecordsRha Stranges (d), Gianni Lenoci (p), Gaetano Partipilo...

Read More.....
Animation – Machine Language ★★★★

Animation – Machine Language ★★★★

RareNoiseRecords Bob Belden (ss, fl), Kurt Elling (voice), Peter...

Read More.....

Jazzwise October 2015 Issue Albums Revie…

All these albums are reviewed in the October 2015 issue...

Read More.....
Loose Tubes – Arriving ★★★★

Loose Tubes – Arriving ★★★★

Lost Marble LM008 Eddie Parker (f, kys), Dai Pritchard (cl)...

Read More.....

Jazzwise September 2015 Issue Albums Rev…

All these albums are reviewed in the September 2015 issue...

Read More.....
Sons of Kemet – Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do ★★★★

Sons of Kemet – Lest We Forget What We C…

NAIM Shabaka Hutchings (ts, cl), Seb Rochford (d), Tom Skinner...

Read More.....

Jazzwise August 2015 Issue Albums Revie…

All these albums are reviewed in the August 2015 issue...

Read More.....
Kamasi Washington – The Epic ★★★★ Recommended

Kamasi Washington – The Epic ★★★★ Recomm…

Brainfeeder BFCD05Kamasi Washington (ts), Thundercat, Miles Mosley (b), Ronald Bruner...

Read More.....

Jazzwise July 2015 Issue Albums Reviewed…

All these albums are reviewed in the July 2015 issue...

Read More.....
Beats & Pieces Big Band – All In ★★★★

Beats & Pieces Big Band – All In ★★★…

Efpi Ben Cottrell (comp, arr, s) with big band featuring...

Read More.....

Jazzwise May 2015 Issue Albums Reviewed …

All these albums are reviewed in the May 2015 issue...

Read More.....

Jazzwise April 2015 Issue Albums Reviewe…

All these albums are reviewed in the April 2015 issue...

Read More.....
Australian Jazz Album Round-Up May 2015

Australian Jazz Album Round-Up May 2015

The year moves rapidly forward and the rate of new...

Read More.....
Video Exclusive: Binker and Moses new album preview Dem Ones

Video Exclusive: Binker and Moses new al…

Jazzwise is proud to present an exclusive video preview from...

Read More.....
Vicky Tilson Quartet – Mojo Risin’ ★★★

Vicky Tilson Quartet – Mojo Risin’ ★★★

F-ire Presents F-IRE CD79 Have you ever bought an album and...

Read More.....
Polar Bear – Same As You ★★★★

Polar Bear – Same As You ★★★★

The Leaf Label 8431900099824 Seb Rochford (d, perc, v)...

Read More.....
Australian Jazz Album Round-Up March 2015

Australian Jazz Album Round-Up March 201…

A typically slow start to the year, fuelled by yet...

Read More.....

Jazzwise March 2015 Issue Albums Reviewe…

All these albums are reviewed in the March 2015 issue...

Read More.....
Dario ‘Rainote’ Chiazzolino – Paint Your Life ★★★

Dario ‘Rainote’ Chiazzolino – Paint Your…

www.dariochiazzolino.com/ Dario ‘Rainote’ Chiazzolino (g), Taylor Eigsti (p), Marco Panascia...

Read More.....

Jazzwise February 2015 Issue Albums Revi…

All these albums are reviewed in the February 2015 issue...

Read More.....
Laura Jurd – Human Spirit ★★★★

Laura Jurd – Human Spirit ★★★★

Chaos Collective CC004 Laura Jurd (t), Chris Batchelor (t)...

Read More.....

Jazzwise Dec 2014/Jan 2015 Issue Albums …

All these albums are reviewed in the December 2014/January 2015...

Read More.....
 Australian Jazz Album Round-Up December 2014

Australian Jazz Album Round-Up December…

We kicked off the year with Julian Wilson’s wonderful “Swailing”...

Read More.....
Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit  – Erta Ale ★★★★

Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit – Erta Ale…

PNL Records PNL025 Paal Nilssen-Love (d, perc), Thomas Johansson...

Read More.....
Australian Jazz Album Round-Up November 2014

Australian Jazz Album Round-Up November …

Two of Australia’s best-known jazz artists release new albums, Paul...

Read More.....

Jazzwise November 2014 Issue Albums Revi…

All these albums are reviewed in the November 2014 issue...

Read More.....
Chick Corea – Trilogy ★★★★ Recommended

Chick Corea – Trilogy ★★★★ Recommended

Concord CJA3568502 Chick Corea (p), Christian McBride (b), Brian Blade...

Read More.....
Australian Jazz Album Round-Up October 2014

Australian Jazz Album Round-Up October 2…

Originality from the combination of the jazz and classical worlds...

Read More.....

Jazzwise October 2014 Issue Albums Revie…

All these albums are reviewed in the October 2014 issue...

Read More.....
Australian Jazz Album Round-Up September 2014

Australian Jazz Album Round-Up September…

This month we take a look at a meeting of...

Read More.....
Partisans – Swamp ★★★★

Partisans – Swamp ★★★★

Whirlwind Recordings Julian Siegel (ts, ss, clt, b clt)...

Read More.....
Australian Jazz Album Round-Up July 2014

Australian Jazz Album Round-Up July 2014

The diversity of Australian jazz is evident from this month’s...

Read More.....
Dylan Howe – Subterranean: New Designs on David Bowie’s Berlin ★★★★

Dylan Howe – Subterranean: New Designs o…

Motorik MR1004 Dylan Howe (d), Brandon Allen, Julian Siegel...

Read More.....

Jazzwise July 2014 Issue Album Reviews L…

All these albums are reviewed in the JULY 2014 issue...

Read More.....

Jazzwise June 2014 Issue Album Reviews L…

 All these albums are reviewed in the JUNE 2014 issue...

Read More.....
Joseph Tawadros, yeahyeahabsolutelynoway and Paul Grabowsky plus Martin Taylor live in Australian Jazz Round Up

Joseph Tawadros, yeahyeahabsolutelynoway…

It was another busy month here in Oz, with more...

Read More.....
Neil Cowley Trio – Touch and Flee  ★★★★

Neil Cowley Trio – Touch and Flee ★★★★

Naim naimcd206Neil Cowley (p, kys), Rex Horan (b) and Evan...

Read More.....
Sam Anning, Tam O'Shanter and Sam Bates in Australian jazz CD round-up

Sam Anning, Tam O'Shanter and Sam Bates …

With winter not far away, Australia kicks into festival mode...

Read More.....
 Nat Birchall Quintet – Live In Larissa ★★★★

Nat Birchall Quintet – Live In Larissa …

Sound Soul And Spirit NB003 2LP Set – Nat Birchall...

Read More.....

Subcribe To Jazzwise

Advertisement

Call 0800 137201 to subscribe or click here to email the subscriptions team

Get in touch

Jazzwise Magazine,
St. Judes Church,
Dulwich Road, 
Herne Hill,
London, SE24 0PD.

0208 677 0012

Latest Tweets

RT @Jazzwise: Thanks for the music and happy birthday Mr Lifetime aka Tony Williams (keep those angels guessing with your polyrhythmic ploy…
Follow Us - @Jazzwise
RT @trishclowes: Thanks @Jazzwise for our tour plug... The fun begins on Jan 16th 2018... https://t.co/uBgTAtaOff
Follow Us - @Jazzwise

Newsletter

Sign up to the Jazzwise monthly E-Newsletter

 

© 2016 MA Business & Leisure Ltd registered in England and Wales number 02923699 Registered office: Jesses Farm, Snow Hill, Dinton, Salisbury, SP3 5HN . Designed By SE24 MEDIA