Hal Galper Trio

The Zone: Live at the Yardbird Suite

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Label: Origin Records
UPC: 0805558279324
Catnr: ORIGIN 82793
Release date: 07 February 2020
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Origin Records
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ORIGIN 82793
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07 February 2020

"... What remains is not the impression that three musicians have come together here, but rather that one of them is exposed here who does not need this at all..."

Jazzpodium 07 08 2020, 06-7-2020
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In his fifth decade as a major jazz artist, Hal Galper continues the innovation that has made him one of the most surprising and satisfying pianists alive. His 21st century series of albums for Origin over the last 12 years incorporates the elasticity of rubato performing as a means of melding melodic lyricism with the visceral rhythmic excitement of bebop. This 8th recording in the series highlights the deep musical bond of his trio, with bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop, and their uncanny ability to slip into "The Zone" - where self awareness is abandoned and the music is allowed to control the proceedings. Performed in the inviting environs of the Yardbird Suite in Edmonton, Canada, it was months later that the recording from the soundboard was reviewed. Asking "Who is this piano player?," Galper recognized the music was coming from a deeper than conscious place and that documenting the trio deeply in 'the zone,' and in the wild, was necessary. "...a moment of thrilling uncertainty, slightly airborne and stretched out in unusual shapes and motions, and (the moment extended) out for the length of a song, each and every time." - Wondering Sound.
In seinem fünften Jahrzehnt als bedeutender Jazzkünstler setzt Hal Galper die Innovation fort, die ihn zu einem der überraschendsten und beeindruckendsten Pianisten der Gegenwart gemacht hat. Seine Albenreihe aus dem 21. Jahrhundert für Origin in den letzten 12 Jahren vereint die Elastizität von Rubato als Mittel zur Verschmelzung von melodischer Lyrik mit der eindringlich rhythmischen Spannung des Bebops. Diese achte Aufnahme in der Serie unterstreicht die tiefe musikalische Verbundenheit seines Trios mit dem Bassisten Jeff Johnson und dem Schlagzeuger John Bishop und ihre unheimliche Fähigkeit, in "The Zone" zu schlüpfen - wo das Selbstbewusstsein aufgegeben wird und die Musik den Ablauf kontrollieren darf. Aufgeführt in der einladenden Umgebung der Yardbird Suite in Edmonton, Kanada, wurde erst Monate später die Aufnahme vom Soundboard überprüft. Auf die Frage "Wer ist dieser Klavierspieler?" antwortete Galper, dass die Musik aus einem tieferen als bewussten Ort kam und dass es notwendig war, das Trio tief in der Zone und in der Wildnis zu dokumentieren. "...ein Moment aufregender Unsicherheit, leicht aus der Luft und in ungewöhnlichen Formen und Bewegungen ausgestreckt, und (der Moment verlängert) für die Dauer eines Songs, jedes Mal." - Wunderbarer Klang.

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In his fifth decade as a major jazz artist, Hal Galper continues the innovation that has made him one of today's most surprising and satisfying pianists. Galper's 21st century series of trio albums for Origin Records incorporates his development of 'Rubato' playing as a means of melding melodic lyricism with the rhythmic excitement and "sound of surprise" of the bebop tradition, deepening the jazz experience for musicians and listeners alike.

"...the high level of integration and communication the trio displays is rare and quite thrilling to experience." - Downbeat.

"He has also found two like-minded musical brothers in bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop, versatile and sophisticated players who can keep up with his 'Rubato' concept, one of playing loose and free with tempo and harmony - even structure - twisting the familiar forms like a rubber band, then pulling them back and letting them fly free." - All About Jazz.

A student of the piano from the age of six, Galper entered the Berklee School of Music in Boston on a scholarship in 1955 and studied technique with the famous Madam Chaloff. He quickly gravitated to the city's jazz clubs, supplementing his formal Berklee training by studying the performances of such Boston stalwarts as Jaki Byard, Sam Rivers and Herb Pomeroy. It wasn't long before Galper had soaked up enough practical jazz knowledge that he was employed as house pianist at The Stables, Lennie's On The Turnpike and Connelly's, leading Boston jazz emporiums.

Beginning his international performing career in a three-year stint with trumpeter Chet Baker, he went on to be an integral member of the bands of Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods. He also worked with Sam Rivers, Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz and Roy Eldridge, among dozens of other major jazz figures. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Galper formed one of his most critically acclaimed groups as a leader in the early '70s. With trumpeter Randy Brecker, his saxophonist brother Michael, bassist Wayne Dockery and drummer Billy Hart, the new Hal Galper Quintet debuted at Sweet Basil in New York's Greenwich Village, eventually recording four albums including Reach Out, Speak With a Single Voice, Children Of The Night and Redux 78.

Galper's discography includes 99 albums, with 32 of them under his name. He is a leader not only as a performer but also as an educator, with emphasis on theory, performance and the worldly side of music as a profession. He was a founding member of New York's New School Of Jazz And Contemporary Music and recently retired from his 14 year tenure at Purchase Conservatory. His best selling theory of Forward Motion, was the first interactive E-book in which its more than 300 musical examples could be played in a computer browser. It offers insights into the workings of melodies, secrets of phrasing and ways of practicing to enhance jazz performance. Both the E-book and hard cover edition of Forward Motion along with information on his other books and writings are available at www.halgalper.com.

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... What remains is not the impression that three musicians have come together here, but rather that one of them is exposed here who does not need this at all...
Jazzpodium 07 08 2020, 06-7-2020

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