Hal Galper Trio

Invitation to Openness: Live at Big Twig

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Origin Records
UPC: 0805558284328
Catnr: ORIGIN 82843
Release date: 01 July 2022
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€ 19.95
Origin Records
Catalogue number
ORIGIN 82843
Release date
01 July 2022

About the album

Disbanding his hard-touring trio in 2000 after a productive decade, pianist Hal Galper returned to “the shed” to work on concepts that would lead to an indomitable period of innovation from 2006 to 2020, remarkably occurring a half century into his career. Enabled by his association with bassist Tony Marino and drummer Billy Mintz, Galper pursued a rubato approach to time and movement, documented first on Agents of Change in 2006, and then through his ground-breaking recordings & tours from 2007-2020 with bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop. This 2008 album with the Agents of Change trio from early in the rubato period was recorded live for WJFF Radio in Sullivan County, NY, and reflects a time and place in Galper’s career where he was becoming supremely certain with his musical voice and comfortable with his gradual shift to being a member of the rich cultural community in the Catskills. After decades on the road and in New York City, Galper is happily ensconced in the hills, and 14 years since this recording he’s again performing weekly with Marino & Mintz up near his home.
Als der Pianist Hal Galper im Jahr 2000 nach einem produktiven Jahrzehnt sein hart tourendes Trio auflöste, kehrte er in den "Schuppen" zurück, um an Konzepten zu arbeiten, die von 2006 bis 2020 zu einer unbezwingbaren Periode der Innovation führen sollten, die bemerkenswerterweise ein halbes Jahrhundert nach Beginn seiner Karriere stattfindet. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bassisten Tony Marino und dem Schlagzeuger Billy Mintz verfolgte Galper einen Rubato-Ansatz für Zeit und Bewegung, der zunächst auf dem Album Agents of Change (2006) und dann auf seinen bahnbrechenden Aufnahmen und Tourneen von 2007 bis 2020 mit dem Bassisten Jeff Johnson und dem Schlagzeuger John Bishop dokumentiert wurde. Dieses Album aus dem Jahr 2008 mit dem Trio Agents of Change, das zu Beginn der Rubato-Phase entstand, wurde live für WJFF Radio in Sullivan County, New York, aufgenommen und spiegelt eine Zeit und einen Ort in Galpers Karriere wider, in der er sich seiner musikalischen Stimme immer sicherer wurde und sich mit seinem allmählichen Wechsel zu einem Mitglied der reichen kulturellen Gemeinschaft in den Catskills wohlfühlte. Nach Jahrzehnten auf der Straße und in New York City hat sich Galper glücklich in den Bergen niedergelassen, und 14 Jahre nach dieser Aufnahme tritt er wieder wöchentlich mit Marino & Mintz in der Nähe seines Hauses auf.


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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