This is right up there as 1 of the 2 best Blue Notes with Sam Rivers. It's THE best, depending on my mood. Recorded on 3/7/66 with Andrew Hill piano/compositions, Sam Rivers tenor, Walter Booker bass and J.C. Moses drums, this is simultaneously a great album and one that will probably be alot of people's least favorite Hill album if they're not so much into outside/freer music. Also, make sure to read previous reviews detailing the where, why and how you may already own all or part of this cd on previous repackagings.
Moreso than any of Sam's other Blue Note appearances, this one is like Fuchsia Swing Song 2.0. It's as if Fuchsia went outside. Still, I think Change also shows that Sam's inclusion in an Andrew Hill band would probably only work so well in exactly this sort of context... these more outward musical goals. Andrew... my god he had gifts. He was clearly a step or 2 ahead of everyone else. Aside from his compositional skills, he also usually knew who could best service a given set of compositions. This is the perfect album for Sam to be part of, but I don't think Andrew!!! or Compulsion would have been nearly as good with him. For the compositions that clearly have angles and fragments, and seem to demand clear, memorable, brief statements, John Gilmore is God-like on those 2 albums.
With Change being a heck of an album, I also feel it probably sounds different than what alot of people hear in their mind when they think Andrew Hill. If you love him but you don't love Sam Rivers (not just his playing, but also the general angle of attack of his music overall), beware. I also wish the bass were more prominent in the mix.