50 years ago today, pianist and composer Andrew Hill recorded Point of Departure, a jazz record that still feels vital and futuristic.
Two years before Hill passed away, he appeared on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz in 2005. In many ways it’s a miraculous piece of radio not for the least of which his colorful, angular playing but also because Hill spoke with a sometimes debilitating stutter. But here Hill sounds so relaxed at the piano and with McPartland on the other side of the microphone — NPR arts editor Tom Cole once told me it was the most clear conversation had ever heard with the pianist. After 7 years of producing Piano Jazz for NPR.org, it remains my favorite episode. — Lars
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