Grass Roots (Andrew Hill album)

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Grass Roots
Grass Roots (album).jpg
Studio album by
RecordedApril 19 (tracks 6-10) and August 5, 1968
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
LabelBlue Note
BST 84303
ProducerFrancis Wolff
Andrew Hill chronology
Grass Roots
Dance with Death

Grass Roots is a studio album by American jazz pianist Andrew Hill featuring performances recorded in 1968 and released on the Blue Note label.[1] The original album features Hill's quintet performing five original compositions and the 2000 CD reissue added three alternate takes and two additional compositions recorded by a sextet at an earlier session as bonus tracks.


The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 4 stars stating "the songs have strong melodies, even hooks, to bring casual listeners in, but they give the musicians the freedom to find a distinctive voice in their solos".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Andrew Hill

  1. "Grass Roots" - 5:41
  2. "Venture Inward" - 4:46
  3. "Mira" - 6:20
  4. "Soul Special" - 8:22
  5. "Bayou Red" - 7:45
  6. "MC" - 9:11 Bonus track on CD reissue
  7. "Venture Inward" [First Version] - 4:34 Bonus track on CD reissue
  8. "Soul Special" [First Version] - 8:51 Bonus track on CD reissue
  9. "Bayou Red" [First Version] - 5:59 Bonus track on CD reissue
  10. "Love Nocturne" - 7:33 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ Andrew Hill discography accessed September 30, 2010
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed September 30, 2010