Down Beat - 4 Stars - Very Good
Personnel includes: Andrew Hill (piano); Greg Osby (alto saxophone); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Rufus Reid (bass); Ben Riley (drums).
This is part of Blue Note's Collector's Choice series. These are limited-edition pressings of a few thousand copies.
Andrew Hill returned to the Blue Note label (where he made many significant releases during 1963-80) for a stimulating quintet date with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, altoist Greg Osby, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Ben Riley in 1989. The pianist's six originals (which are joined by three alternate takes on the CD) his dense chords behind the other improvisers and his own unpredictable solos are not all overshaowed by his talented sideman, even Osby who is heard in particularly inspired form. There are no weak performances on this superb post bop effort, Andrew Hill's strongest recording in several years. ~ Scott Yanow