Point of Departure (Andrew Hill album)

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Point of Departure
Point of Departure.jpg
Studio album by Andrew Hill
Released April 1965 (1965-04)[1]
Recorded March 21, 1964
Studio Van Gelder Studio
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Avant-garde jazz
Length 40:11(LP)
57:16 (CD reissue)
Label Blue Note
Producer Alfred Lion
Andrew Hill chronology
Point of Departure

Point of Departure is the fifth album by jazz pianist and composer Andrew Hill, recorded and released in 1964 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
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars plus crown

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."[3] "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.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Andrew Hill.

No. Title Length
1. "Refuge" 12:16
2. "New Monastery" 7:05
3. "Spectrum" 9:47
4. "Flight 19" 4:18
5. "Dedication" 6:45
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. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 702. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0. 
  4. ^ Liner notes by Nat Hentoff