Hal Galper & the Youngbloods

Live at the Cota Jazz Festival

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Hobart Taylor, KUCI, Irvine, CA

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Pianist Galper is an educator and mentor. Previously with Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderly, Sam Rivers,(1960's) and Phil Woods (1980's) he has been fronting trios and writing scholarly articles since the 90's while teaching at University. On this release he has found gifted young performers and improvisers in drummer, David Frazier, bassist Dean Torrey, and the uninhibited Nathan Bellott on alto sax. In fact the sax drum duets that occasionally emerge echo the free jazz greats. Galper's compositions are classics. Be-bop is embedded, along with free form and modal jazz all seamlessly intertwining. Galper plays a few leads, but mainly cues Bellott with prescient chord changes and rhythmic cues. This is very fine music.






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