Spiral (Andrew Hill album)

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Studio album by Andrew Hill
RecordedDecember 20, 1974 and January 20, 1975
Andrew Hill chronology
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Spiral is an album by American jazz pianist Andrew Hill, recorded in late 1974 and early 1975 and released on the Freedom label.[1] The album features six of Hill's original compositions and one interpretation of a jazz standard performed by a quartet and quintet. The cover incorrectly identifies the album as being recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival when it actually contains studio recordings.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Although the music overall does not reach the heights of the pianist's earlier work for Blue Note (or his later sessions), there are enough surprising moments and thought-provoking solos to make this a release worth picking up by open-eared listeners".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Andrew Hill except as indicated
  1. "Tomorrow" – 3:30
  2. "Laverne" – 6:00
  3. "The Message" – 6:00
  4. "Invitation" (Bronisław Kaper) – 7:18
  5. "Today" – 4:42
  6. "Spiral" – 9:00
  7. "Quiet Dawn" – 7:15
  • Recorded at C.I. Recording Studio, New York City on December 20, 1974 (tracks 1-4) and January 20, 1975 (track 5-7)



  1. ^ Andrew Hill discography accessed October 4, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed October 4, 2010