Out of the Ordinary: Andrew Hill's "Verona Rag"

Jeffrey Lovell

Abstract


In 1986, the adventurous and accomplished jazz pianist Andrew Hill (1937–2007) presented his composition “Verona Rag,” based loosely within the traditional ragtime idiom. Through close analysis of Hill’s studio recording, the author explains how this composition is “an exemplary illustration of Hill’s ability to extend and transform a bygone style and place his indelible mark upon it.” Background on Hill’s career and influences is provided, and an appendix includes a complete transcription of the piece.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14713/jjs.v7i1.4

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