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An analysis of selected improvisations by Andrew Hill and the development of progressive jazz piano, 1959–2005

Reyman, Christopher Eric. 
 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ProQuest Dissertations Publishing,  2011. 3496655.

Abstract (summary)

Pianist and composer Andrew Hill (1931–2007) made significant contributions to the jazz idiom during the nearly fifty years he recorded, however his compositions and improvisational style have yet to be explored in great depth. His unique style, filled with rhythmic irregularities, harmonic dissonance and abrupt shifts in mood, developed out of the conventions of hard bop. By the time Hill led his second recording session in 1963 (his first for Blue Note), his playing had developed more fully with the incorporation of a freer approach to melody, harmony and rhythm. His compositions often maintain form and make use of traditional chord symbols, but harmonic and rhythmic “looseness” adds a degree of complexity and discontinuity, which may in part account for Hill’s relative obscurity. In 2000, he began receiving numerous awards for his playing and composing from Down Beat, Jazz Journalist and other publications. The main purpose of this study is the presentation of seven previously unpublished transcriptions of Hill’s improvised solos spanning 1959 to 2005. In addition, this paper will provide a biography of Andrew Hill’s early life and recording career and will present several previously unpublished compositions by Hill. For this study, I conducted interview with several of his former collaborators: trumpeters Ron Horton and Charles Tolliver, multi-reedist Greg Tardy and bassist Scott Colley. This contribution, I hope, will help to increase Hill’s prominence as a significant jazz figure and shed some light on this underrepresented artist.

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Subject
Music
Classification
0413: Music
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Avant-garde jazz; Composer; Hard bop; Hill, Andrew; Improvisation; Jazz; Pianist; Piano
Title
An analysis of selected improvisations by Andrew Hill and the development of progressive jazz piano, 1959–2005
Author
Reyman, Christopher Eric
Number of pages
153
Degree date
2011
School code
0090
Source
DAI-A 73/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-1-267-16335-6
Advisor
Stephens, John
University/institution
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
D.M.A.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3496655
ProQuest document ID
920123907
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/pqdtglobal/docview/920123907/B4EA968A2F0A4157PQ/1