Here’s another one from Andrew Hill’s complex and beautiful Passing Ships. Some of my favorite Andrew Hill songs have short, repetitive forms that are tightly packed with rhythmic and harmonic ingenuity. I didn’t include the composed horn backgrounds, but they add to the mood of the piece – in that respect it reminds me of many Charles Mingus compositions that feel like they’re held together by a kind of controlled chaos.
The Brown Queen (transposed score)
A funky classic from Ronnie Foster.
I first heard this energetic Mulgrew Miller song on an old Tito Puente album I bought, back when I used to peruse used record stores on an almost daily basis. Most days I would give myself a budget of just a few dollars, but I would make an exception for rare finds or artists I really liked. Mulgrew Miller records were an especially rare find, I assume because anyone who owned one was unlikely to part with it. Luckily, Mulgrew’s compositions have been recorded by many artists over the years, and I still find myself more likely to buy a record if it’s got one of his tunes on it.