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Pianist Al Haig's final recording (he died less than six months later) is a live jam session with four fine English jazzmen: altoist Peter King (a superior bop player), Art Themen on tenor and soprano, bassist Kenny Baldock and drummer Allan Ganley. This British LP finds Haig still in fine form, playing in his largely unchanged bop style on six songs from the era, including "Bags Groove," "Night In Tunisia" and "Birks Works"; each of the workouts clock in between six and ten minutes. A fine ending to a career that lasted longer than it originally looked as if it would.


Born: 22 July 1922 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

One of the finest pianists of the bop era (and one who learned from Bud Powell's innovations quite early), Al Haig was quite busy during two periods of his career but unfortunately was pretty obscure in the years between. After serving in the Coast Guard (playing in bands during 1942-1944) and freelancing around Boston, Haig worked steadily with Dizzy Gillespie (1945-1946), Charlie Parker (1948-1950), and Stan Getz (1949-1951); and was on many recordings, mostly as a sideman (including some classic...
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Bebop - Live, Al Haig
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  • £4.74
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 27 May 1982

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