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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."

Biography

Born: 19 May 1935 in Tulsa, OK

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

One of post-bop's most advanced and versatile bassists, Cecil McBee has played with an enormous variety of artists, and is just as capable in a solo or group improvisational context as he is at offering thoughtfully advanced background support. McBee was born May 19, 1935, in Tulsa, and played clarinet as a high schooler before switching to bass at age 17. He studied to be a music teacher and spent two years conducting a military band; he played with Dinah Washington in 1959, and, in 1962, he moved...
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Now Hear This, Cecil McBee
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 15 February 1977

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