Fans of Andrew Hill can look forward to some new material. Blue Note says Hill has re-signed with them, making this his third era with the label since his 1963 debut, Black Fire. His new album, Time Lines, will feature Greg Tardy, Charles Tolliver, John Hebert and Eric McPherson and be released in February, 2006.
Serendipitously, Blue Note has laid the ground for Time Lines by recently reissuing Dance With Death (a quintet with Tolliver and Joe Farrell), Passing Ships (a larger band with reeds and tuba) and Judgment (vibes by Bobby Hutcherson!)... Great examples of his angular performance style, and the tension and release of his compositions can be beautiful, engaging and ear-opening, to say the least. Supposedly, Hill used to turn off the radio, not listen to records and stay out of the clubs during periods when he was practicing and developing his style. Anyway, check him out and let your ears decide!
(Andrew Hill tidbit: though most biographies say he was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he was actually born in Chicago.)