Andrew Hill Passing Ships Jazz Music CD Review

Passing Ships is the latest release from Jazz Superstar Andrew Hill, and I can only think of one word to describe this CD… AWESOME!

It's a rare day indeed that I get a CD from an artist that I can truthfully say does not have a bad track in the bunch. I'm more than happy to announce that’s exactly what I must say about this one. There simply is NOT a bad one in the bunch. No fillers here at all, with each song standing tall on it's own.

Passing Ships is a pleasantly varied, mix of 7 tracks that are very well written songs by this clearly superb artist. Most of the songs display a lot of the kind emotion that makes for a really great listen. Seemingly drawing from what I can only imagine are him own personal experiences. At different points touching on the most real emotions like love, heartbreak, pain, failed relationships and unattainable romance. They’re all here.

I give Passing Ships my highest recommendation. It just plain belongs in any serious music collectors collection regardless of genre preference.

While the entire album is really very good the truly standout tunes are track 2 - Passing Ships, track 5 - The Brown Queen, and track 7 - Yesterday’s Tomorrow.

My Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [ in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 1 - Sideways. Good stuff!

Passing Ships Release Notes:

Andrew Hill originally released Passing Ships on October 7, 2003 on the Blue Note Records label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. Sideways 2. Passing Ships 3. Plantation Bag 4. Noon Tide 5. The Brown Queen 6. Cascade 7. Yesterday's Tomorrow

Personnel: Andrew Hill (piano); Joe Farrell (soprano & tenor saxophone, alto flute, bass clarinet, English horn); Woody Shaw, Dizzy Reece (trumpet); Bob Northern (French horn); Julian Priester (trombone); Howard Johnson (tuba, bass clarinet); Ron Carter (bass); Lenny White (drums).

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on November 7, 1969. Includes liner notes by Michael Cuscuna.

By: Clyde Lee Dennis

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