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Jazz pianist dies of lung cancer
Jazz pianist and composer Andrew Hill, whose career spanned more than 50 years, has died at the age of 75, his record label Blue Note announced.

Hill's death at home in New Jersey followed a battle with lung cancer.

"Our hearts go out to his wife Joanne, and the countless musicians, friends and fans that his music and spirit touched," said a Blue Note statement.

The Jazz Foundation of America presented Hill with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

Hill was born in Chicago in 1931. He worked with jazz legends Charlie Parker and Miles Davis in the 1950s before starting to record his own albums.

His final release, last year's Time Lines, was described by the New York Times as "a master's record, quiet, daring and magnificent".

The Jazzpar Prize, an annual Danish honour recognising international performers, was given to Hill in 2003, with the announcement saying: "In a jazz world that often celebrates imitators, Hill stands as a genuine original."

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2004, Hill said: "Even though I am living with a terminal illness I am able to look forward to my work and the future with enthusiasm."


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