By the time he was 20 years old, Andrew Hill had studied with composer Paul Hindemith and played with jazz great Charlie Parker. Alfred Lion — founder of Blue Note records — was so impressed with the young pianist in 1963, that he signed him to a contract. Within eight months Lion had recorded five albums worth of original Hill compositions.
Hill's music is challenging. Not in a thorny, avant-garde way; it's just complex. So, despite being a legend among jazz fans and musicians, he's never had a huge audience.
But Hill doesn't seem to mind. He's pursued a career at his own pace. Now he has a critically-acclaimed new CD called Dusk. Tom Vitale reports.