April 19, 2015

Andrew Hill - Grass Roots (1969)


For this late 60s session, Andrew Hill took a break from his more ambitious works like Passing Ships and Dance With Death to return to a more rootsy (I know) and easily accessible album. Grass Roots embraces blues, funk, and samba while retaining Hill's usual mysticism. As it was recorded in 1969, it is surprising to see the entire band made up of classic early 60s stars from before Alfred Lion's retirement. Lee Morgan and Booker Ervin back up the personable post-bop with some flavor. Ron Carter keeps things chill with what sounds like an electric bass and the always groovy star of jazz-funk Idris Muhammad lets the album stay loose when Hill's cold edge starts to dominate.