This Is the Thing by Hal Galper
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Captured during a pivotal, trailblazing period of his five decade career, pianist Hal Galper had come off the road with the Cannonball Adderly Quintet looking to establish his new working band. Pulling in Michael & Randy Brecker, who 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 Here 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.
Now Hear This; Speak with a Single Voice; I’ll Never Stop Loving You; Triple Play; This Is the Thing; Hey Fool.
January 7, 2021
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