Well - it's my sixtieth birthday and given all my health issues over the last few years, maybe a surprise to myself that I made it this far... a bigger post to come over Easter... but here's a track from a recent acquisition - Andrew Hill playing 'Eris' from his 1965 album 'Pax.' Weirdly kept in the can by Blue Note for years, bits and pieces surfacing eventually albeit briefly in the seventies , the whole session was only released complete last year. Front line: Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson on blistering form - plus the leader's acerbic piano over the always wonderful Davis and Chambers's driving drums. Touched by the avant garde but keeping a toe hold on the old verities - a unique balancing act... this is a wild track... Henderson sends out a tumbling, roiling solo with Hill hacking out shards of piano behind - then Hubbard steps up and plays off the edge of himself... the leader interrogates his own material in his usual probing manner, laced with some stomping two handed figures - there is a wonderful urgency and drive to this album - a classic...
but sleep looms, mes braves... and a big kiss to my beloved daughter Amelia who has been a rock over the the last couple of difficult weeks...
Andrew Hill (p) Freddie Hubbard (t) Joe Henderson (ts) Richard Davis (b) Joe Chambers (d)