Recorded live at the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, E Pluribus Unum
is a true triumph of piano trio jazz. Backed by veteran bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop, pianist Galper displays an incredible array of jaw-dropping keyboard skills as the trio performs four original compositions and three interesting covers. A stunning version of Irving Berlin's "How Deep is the Ocean" immediately catches attention with Galper's ferocious and highly inventive lines. Johnson and Bishop prove reliable foils for the pianist, and the energy generated by this combo is shocking. Songs like "Rapunzel's Luncheonette" and "Wandering Spirit" combine tenacious and inspired playing with occasional tender touches. Ellington's "Take the Coltrane" is burning hot, while "Invitation to Openness" and "Soliloquy" slow the pace slightly while still offering brilliant improvisation. Charlie Parker's "Constellation" ends things on a powerful note with Galper and crew still tearing things up. Galper is a pianist of astonishing power and creativity who has begun recently to receive considerably more attention, and hopefully this fine release will help bring his talent further to the forefront of the national/international audience.