Hal Galper Quintet

Live at the Berlin Philharmonic, 1977

Price: € 22.95
Format: CD
Label: Origin Records
UPC: 0805558281020
Catnr: ORIGIN 82810
Release date: 12 March 2021
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€ 22.95
Origin Records
Catalogue number
ORIGIN 82810
Release date
12 March 2021

About the album

Captured during a pivotal, trailblazing period of his five decade career, pianist Hal Galper had come off the road with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet looking to establish his new working band. Pulling in Michael & Randy Brecker, whom he had recorded & worked with in the early '70s, along with bassist Wayne Dockery and drummer Bob Moses, Galper set up Sunday matinees at NY's Sweet Basil jazz club for a year to woodshed the group concept and new compositions. In the studio, 1977's "Reach Out" displayed an astonishingly original collective, all matching Galper's chance-taking, high-spirited, free-wheeling approach to music making. 1979's "Speak with a Single Voice" captured the energy of the quintet live, but on this 1977 Berlin Jazz Festival performance, the band shifts into an other-wordly overdrive. From the opening salvos of Galper's “Now Hear This,” the mission is defined - jazz giants, in the prime of their youth, set free to blow, pushed to the limits by Galper’s facility, full-bodied sound, and fertile imagination.
Aufgenommen in einer entscheidenden, bahnbrechenden Phase seiner fünf Jahrzehnte währenden Karriere. Der Pianist Hal Galper war gerade mit dem Cannonball Adderley Quintet auf Tournee und wollte seine neue Begleitband aufbauen. Er holte Michael und Randy Brecker, mit denen er in den frühen 70er Jahren aufgenommen und zusammengearbeitet hatte, sowie den Bassisten Wayne Dockery und den Schlagzeuger Bob Moses hinzu und veranstaltete ein Jahr lang Sonntagsmatineen im New Yorker Jazzclub Sweet Basil, um das Konzept der Gruppe und neue Kompositionen auszuarbeiten. Im Studio zeigte sich auf "Reach Out" von 1977 ein erstaunlich originelles Kollektiv, das alle zu Galpers risikofreudiger, übermütiger und freilaufender Herangehensweise an das Musikmachen passte. Das 1979er Album "Speak with a Single Voice" fängt die Energie des Quintetts live ein, aber bei diesem Auftritt auf dem Berliner Jazzfestival 1977 schaltet die Band in einen wortgewaltigen Overdrive. Von den ersten Salven von Galpers "Now Hear This" an ist die Mission definiert - Jazz-Giganten in der Blüte ihrer Jugend, die von Galpers Leichtigkeit, seinem vollmundigen Sound und seiner fruchtbaren Fantasie an die Grenzen getrieben werden.


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.

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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