Compulsion (album)

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Compulsion!!!!!
Studio album by Andrew Hill
Released 1966
Recorded October 8, 1965
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Free jazz
Length 41:04
Label Blue Note
BST 84217
Producer Alfred Lion
Andrew Hill chronology
Pax
(1965)
Compulsion!!!!!
(1966)
Change
(1966)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Compulsion!!!!! is the eighth jazz album by pianist Andrew Hill. It was originally released in 1966 under the Blue Note Label as BST 84217. It was remastered by Rudy Van Gelder in 2006.

Background and album concept[edit]

Hill's intention was to "...construct an album expressing the legacy of the Negro tradition.", and to use the piano more as a percussive instrument than a melodic one.[2] The second number, "Legacy", was dedicated to the Afro-American legacy, and is followed by "Premonition", which Hill described as " indicating not alone a look ahead, but rather a sufficiently revealing look backward, so that you can really begin to know what may come."[2] The album concludes with "Limbo", a 20-bar tune, a piece written to represent the state in which Hill considered the majority of Afro-Americans to be in at the time, not drawing on their heritage.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Andrew Hill.

  1. "Compulsion" - 14:15
  2. "Legacy" - 5:50
  3. "Premonition" - 10:32
  4. "Limbo" - 10:17

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. Compulsion (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c Original album liner notes, by Nat Hentoff

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