Point of Departure (Andrew Hill album)

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Point of Departure
Point of Departure.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1965 (1965-04)[1]
RecordedMarch 21, 1964
StudioVan Gelder Studio
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
GenreAvant-garde jazz
57:16 (CD reissue)
LabelBlue Note
ProducerAlfred Lion
Andrew Hill chronology
Point of Departure

Point of Departure is a studio album by American jazz pianist and composer Andrew Hill, recorded in 1964 and released in 1965 on the Blue Note label.

Point of Departure was reissued on CD by Blue Note in 1988 and again in 1999 when recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder remastered the album, adding alternate takes of "New Monastery", "Flight 19", and "Dedication".


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[2]
Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars plus crown
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[3]

The AllMusic review by Thom Jurek calls the album "a stellar date, essential for any representative jazz collection, and a record that, in the 21st century, still points the way to the future for jazz".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz gives the album a four-star rating plus a special "crown" accolade, and includes it as part of a selected "Core Collection."[4] "Dedication" was originally titled "Cadaver" and wants to "express a feeling of great loss". The sad aura of the piece was such that, after playing a section of said piece, Dorham teared up a bit.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All music is composed by Andrew Hill.

2."New Monastery"7:05
4."Flight 19"4:18
6."New Monastery" (Alternate Take)6:13
7."Flight 19" (Alternate Take)3:49
8."Dedication" (Alternate Take)7:01

Tracks 6, 7, 8 not part of original album





  1. ^ Billboard May 8, 1965
  2. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. Point of Departure – Andrew Hill | AllMusic at AllMusic. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 702. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
  5. ^ Liner notes by Nat Hentoff