Successfully taking bop into the new century, Galper is on the money throughout with restless creativity that draws you in and keeps you there...
Pianist Hal Galper's series of trio recordings over the last 10 years incorporates his development of "Rubato" playing as a means of melding melodic lyricism with the rhythmic excitement and "sound of surprise" of the bebop tradition. Being a passionate advocate for the apprenticeship system, Galper formed the Youngbloods in 2015 to further explore rubato while providing him the platform to work with vital young musicians on the New York scene, passing on lessons from his 50 year career. With saxophonist Nathan Bellot, bassist Dean Torrey, and drummer David Frazier, Galper revisits some of the compositions, fire, and adventurousness of his seminal recordings from the '70s during this set from the 2016 COTA Jazz Festival in Delaware Water Gap, where they celebrated the life of Galper's longtime employer, saxophonist Phil Woods.
1. Speak with a Single Voice 17:40
2. O's Time 11:08
3. Goodbye 14:22
4. Scufflin' 14:48
Hal Galper - piano
Nathan Bellott - alto saxophone
Dean Torrey - bass
David Frazier - drums
Produced by Hal Galper
Recorded by Kent Heckman live at The 2016 COTA Jazz Festival,
Delaware Water Gap, PA on September 11, 2016
Mixed by Bill Goodwin at Red Rock Studios, Saylorsburg, PA
Mastered by Kent Heckman at Red Rock Studios, Saylorsburg, PA
Photos by Garth Woods, Bob Weidner, Dana Duke
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
4 1/2 STARS The trio recordings released by pianist Hal Galper between 2006 and 2014 - six discs, all but one on Origin Records—plowed fresh ground. Each disc dug deeply into the "Rubato" form. Taken as a whole - from 2006's Agents Of Change (Fabola Records) through 2014's O's Time (Origin Records) - the full series represents a monumental, shar ...
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Not so much of a passing of the torch as it is a lighting of the way, the 50 year jazzbo vet brings some young ‘uns into the spotlight to bring his vision to a new generation of players and listeners. Highlighting the Delaware Water Gap sound as originally brought home by the Omnisound gang, Galper scans his back pages for tunes from 40 years ag ...
KUCI, Irvine, CA (Hobart Taylor)
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 Torr ...
Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)
Jazz vet pianist Hal Galper has had an impressive career as a sideman for the likes of Chet Baker, Stan Getz and Cannonball Adderley, never quite receiving the accolades he deserves. He shows his long hewn charms with a post bop team of Nathan Bellott/as, Dean Torry/b and David Frazier/dr for a handful of swinging yet lyrical pieces in concert form ...
Just Jazz (Bob Bernotas)
Pianist Hal Galper calls his music "Rubato Style." It's free yet formal, lyrical yet rhythmic, soloist-centered yet collectively-based. But beyond all that, it's an intriguing and colorful concept that draws you in and carries you away. In this 2016 performance Galper and three protégés — alto saxophonist Nathan Bellott, bassist Dean Torrey, dr ...
Cadence Magazine (Robert Rusch)
Origin Records presents Galper's new quartet [Nathan Bellott-as, Dean Torrey-b, David Frazier-drm] which he calls The Youngbloods. Galper who is on the upslope to 80 and who was once a youngblood himself 60 years ago shows musically there is no generation gap with these youngsters (former students of Galper's at Purchase Conservatory). This gig [9/ ...
The New York City Jazz Record (Ken Dryden)
Hal Galper's impressive discography is matched by his vast body of compositions. Over the past decade, the pianist has focused on playing rubato style, freeing the rhythm section and allowing the music to evolve in ways that often surprise. Recently retired from teaching at Purchase Conservatory, Galper recruited some of his favorite former studen ...
Improvijazzation (Dick Metcalf)
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 ...
Jazziz (Ed Hazell)
Pianist Hal Galper and his quartet play melodic post-bop with a slippery rhythmic foundation. It's music that surprises the listener at every turn with fascinating details and tightly synchronized independent lines. Galper, who spent a decade with the hard-bopping bands of alto saxophonist Phil Woods, plays with a masterful, dancing touch and harmo ...
JazzdaGama (Raul da Gama)
It should come as no surprise that Hal Galper would be an enormously attractive mentor to younger musicians. Indeed, this is exactly what this live performance is made of: sparks that are ignited by the pianist, with the emerging fire stoked by a group of new-generation musicians comprising alto saxophonist Nathan Bellott, bassist Dean Torrey and t ...