Veteran pianist Hal Galper simultaneously incorporates fresh and classic elements of the piano-trio jazz idiom on Airegin Revisited, his latest release with Origin Records. Bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop accompany Galper, continuing their six-year history as a trio.
The record is characterized by a unique style of rubato play, where often during each track the music flows freely, unbound by a traditional, countable time. The trio is very much together throughout the record, supported by careful listening from each musician, and, in the latter half of the album, by the harmonic structures of classic jazz standards.
The record?s last three tracks are tributes to their composers: Sam Rivers, George Shearing and Sonny Rollins. Just as these compositions are timeless, at many instances, so is the trio?s playing.