Hal Galper & the Youngbloods

Live at the Cota Jazz Festival

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation

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I've reviewed Hal's excellent jazz piano work here quite often over the many years I've been writing reviews... this July, 2017 release shows his total dedication to the art of jazz... he's joined by Nathan Bellott on alto saxophone, Dean Torrey playing bass and David Frazier doing drums, in one of the best "live" jazz recordings of 2017... as you listen to the opener, "Speak with a Single Voice", you'll hear what "professional" really means... their playing is tight, and each note comes across with a single-minded message of it's own... a totally cool tune... excellent solo reed work from Nathan at the 7:25 mark! The songs are all over ten minutes in length, so they have plenty of room for each player to stretch out and demonstrate their talent... of the five pieces offered up for your listening pleasure, it is (definitely) the mighty mellow "Goodbye" that is my pick for personal favorite... this would have been pure joy to witness during the performance. I give Hal & his folks a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an "EQ" rating of 4.99 for this splendid recording.






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