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Album Review

Hal Galper has long been an underrated composer and pianist. This Enja release from 1977 finds him at the top of his game in both roles, leading a strong quartet with trumpeter Terumasa Hino, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Tony Williams. Opening with his thunderous, inventive post-bop vehicle "Now Hear This," each musician adds something special to this driving piece (which also benefits from an in-tune piano, something not provided to Galper for a rendition heard on the live LP Speak with a Single Voice). The first track sets such high expectations that one would expect a letdown, but that isn't the case. Galper quickly cools things down with "Shadow Waltz," a lush ballad. In addition to his superb originals, Galper offers a jaunty take of Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing."


Born: 18 April 1938 in Salem, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

An excellent if generally overlooked advanced hard bop pianist, Hal Galper studied at Berklee (1955-1958) and then worked in many groups, including with Chet Baker, Stan Getz, the Brecker Brothers, Bobby Hutcherson, and with such singers as Joe Williams, Chris Connor, and Anita O'Day. He played electric piano (an instrument he has since dropped) with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet during its last years (1973-1975) and spent time playing with Lee Konitz and John Scofield. Galper, who has recorded...
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Now Hear This, Hal Galper
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 15 February 1977

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