When One Artist's Sound Gets Stuck In Your Ears : A Blog Supreme And all you want to do is listen to the person's music over and over. Hank Shteamer thinks about his recent "listening jag" of Paul Motian and Tony Malaby, and we revisit one of our own recent fixations with the music of pianist Andrew Hill.
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When One Artist's Sound Gets Stuck In Your Ears

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This phenomenon happens to me too, and also -- as Hank Shteamer writes -- with pianist Andrew Hill. Last year, Vijay Iyer's take on "Smoke Stack" led me back to my $5 secondhand copy of the original (the newer CD reissue, with an alternate take of "Smoke Stack"). Around the same time, I stumbled upon a copy of the solo album Hommage (1975, reissued 2005) in the NPR library. Then I remembered I had bought the abstract Dreams Come True, a 2008 release of a 1993 Hill duet session with Chico Hamilton, and never gave it a full spin. Around that time, I realized I was going to meet Bobby Hutcherson at the NEA Jazz Masters ceremony, and revisited the vibraphonist's fantastic Dialogue, featuring Hill's piano and tunes. And then I discovered some bootlegs ...

Does anybody else get these obsessive listening fixations? [Dark Forces Swing Blind Punches: Listening jag: Motian, Malaby and related]