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Album Review

Pianist Al Haig and his longtime bassist Jamil Nasser are heard co-leading a quartet in London that also includes the fine tenorman Art Themen and drummer Tony Mann. Despite the title, the repertoire is not exclusively by Duke Ellington; of the eight songs, four are by Duke and there is a song apiece from Billy Strayhorn and Juan Tizol, in addition to "Flamingo" and "Body and Soul." Few surprises occur, but the boppish music on this LP is enjoyable and should be of interest to straight-ahead jazz collectors.


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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Expressly Ellington, Al Haig
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  • 7,92 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 14 October 1978

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