...the most complex, daring, exhilarating music of Galper's career.
One of the jazz world's most dynamic pianists, Hal Galper continues the exploration of his "rubato" concept of playing ("Furious Rubato" Origin 82476), this time in a live performance and featuring two icons of American music - bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Rashied Ali. From the propulsive "Take the Coltrane" to standards such as "Autumn Leaves" and "Stella By Starlight," the trio confounds and enlightens with their vibrant and truly original in-the-moment adaptions. Galper's haunting "Soliliquy" is a heartfelt dedication to his friend, saxophonist Michael Brecker.
"Clearly in the tradition, his keyboard attack is nevertheless somehow brazen, bold and certain..." -Cadence.
1 Take The Coltrane 9:50
2 Soul Bod 10:02
3 Blue In Green 8:09
4 Constellation 9:55
5 Stella By Starlight 9:17
6 Soliloquy 9:25
7 When Autumn Leaves Us 9:35
Recorded live, Jazz Room Series at William
Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, 2/17/08
by David Kirzner
Mixed by Bill Goodwin
Mastered by Mark Guenther
Photography by Bill Blanchard
Cover art & design by John Bishop
All Music Guide (Ken Dryden)
Hal Galper's recordings always have an adventurous spirit, and the live CD Art-Work is no exception. The veteran pianist, joined by bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Rashid Ali (both veterans of John Coltrane's bands, though not at the same time), launches into a furious exploration of Duke Ellington's simple riff blues "Take the Coltrane," though ...
Sonic Boomers (Geoffrey Himes)
The 100 Best Albums of 2009 Hal Galper joins John Coltrane's final rhythm section (bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Rashied Ali) for a jazz piano trio concert that never loses its pell-mell tumbling momentum even as it stretches the harmonies of tunes by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Galper himself into shapes the composers n ...
Swing Journal (Yamamoto Takashi )
The veteran trio of muscular piano. Overwhelming presence. An exceptional rhythm section of these giants is a powerful fashion. "TAKE THE COLTRANE"。 One of "TAKE THE COLTRANE" certain to be attracted. HAL GALPER. However, HAL GALPER pianist mean, I凄KATTA this, is that honest feedback. I is not ever heard of most of his work. So ...
Jazz Review (Don Williamson)
Previously on Origin Records, Hal Galper had recorded Furious Rubato. Well, Galper's playing still comes across as furious and often as rubato. That seems to be its natural state now that he was developed his own individualistic aesthetic after 40 years of accompanying some of the most respected leaders in jazz, staying in the background for and co ...
JazzTimes (Thomas Conrad)
Sometimes aesthetic theories are clear (and necessary) only to the artists who invented them. Ornette Coleman has never satisfactorily explained what he means by "harmolodic," but it doesn't matter. The claims that Hal Galper makes for his "Rubato concept" are sometimes abstruse. It doesn't matter. What is clear is that Galper's investigations ...
The Village Voice (Geoffrey Himes)
THE VILLAGE VOICE 2009 Jazz Critics Poll TOP TEN NEW RELEASES 2009 Geoffrey Himes (JazzTimes, Washington Post) Bill Frisell: Disfarmer (Nonesuch) Fly: Sky & Country (ECM) Joe Lovano: Folk Art (Blue Note) Dave Douglas: A Single Sky (Greenleaf Music) Branford Marsalis: Metamorphosen (Marsalis Music) Vijay Iyer: Historicity (ACT) D ...