(Mike & Randy Brecker) comprised a blistering front line. Galper was in aggressive form, playing with an energy reminiscent of McCoy Tyner, a spirit of embellishment reminiscent of Art Tatum and a harmonic knowledge reminiscent of Bill Evans. Dockery and Moses formed a heart-pounding tandem.
5-STARS: DownBeat / BBC Music Magazine
Captured during a pivotal, trailblazing period of his five decade career, pianist Hal Galper had come off the road with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet looking to establish his new working band. Pulling in Michael & Randy Brecker, whom he had recorded & worked with in the early '70s, along with bassist Wayne Dockery and drummer Bob Moses, Galper set up Sunday matinees at NY's Sweet Basil jazz club for a year to woodshed the group concept and new compositions. In the studio, 1977's "Reach Out" displayed an astonishingly original collective, all matching Galper's chance-taking, high-spirited, free-wheeling approach to music making. 1979's "Speak with a Single Voice" captured the energy of the quintet live, but on this 1977 Berlin Jazz Festival performance, the band shifts into an other-worldly overdrive. From the opening salvos of Galper's "Now Hear This," the mission is defined - jazz giants, in the prime of their youth, set free to blow, pushed to the limits by Galper's facility, full-bodied sound, and fertile imagination.
1 Now Hear This 13:59
2 Speak with a Single Voice 24:36
3 I'll Never Stop Loving You 12:56
1 Triple Play 14:04
2 This Is the Thing 12:33
3 Hey Fool 9:31
Hal Galper - piano
Randy Brecker - trumpet, flugelhorn
Michael Brecker - tenor saxophone
Wayne Dockery - bass
Bob Moses - drums
Produced for release by Hal Galper & John Bishop
Recorded live at Berliner Jazztage '77, Berliner Philharmonie
on November 4, 1977, except Disc 1/Track 3: Recorded at
Berliner Philharmonie on January 11, 1978
Berlin Jazz Days Artistic Director: George Gruntz
ZDF concert telecast produced by Reinhard Knieper
Mastered by Dan Dean, Dan Dean Productions, Mercer Island, WA
Liner notes by Paul Rauch
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
One of the great you wish you were there moments is finally getting it's long over due release, this live date finds Galper fresh off the road from three years with Cannonball Adderley now fronting a band with the Brecker Brothers blowing away. With echoes of Miles in the air, along with a finger pounding that could only have led to early arthriti ...
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
4-STARS It must be gratifying to accomplish everything you set out to do. Pianist Hal Galper says he has done just that. And, after a career that included work with trumpeter Chet Baker and saxophonists Cannonball Adderley and Stan Getz, along with a ten year stint in saxophonist Phil Woods' band (1980-1990), followed by ten years of touring and r ...
Jazz'halo (Belgium) (Georges Tonla Briquet)
A nostalgic dip with nostalgia for a vibrant live concert? Then this 'Live At The Berlin Philharmonic' is a recommended remedy. Recorded in 1977 with the legendary brothers Michael and Randy Brecker on the front line along with pianist Hal Galper, bassist Wayne Dockery and drummer Bob Moses. Galper, at the time sidekick to Dave Holland and Lee K ...
Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
In 1977, studio guys like Hal Galper, Mike Brecker and Randy Brecker were able to make good bucks as studio musicians. Galper just got off doing a stint with Cannonball Adderley and teamed up with the Brecker Brothers, bassist Wayne Docker and drummer Bob Moses to set up ship in NYC's Sweet Basil for a year to work on their own songbook. What came ...
Cadence (Don Lerman)
It is certainly good news for jazz listeners that Origin Records has released ten of Hal Galper's past recordings as a leader, including this live concert from 1977 recorded in Berlin's symphony hall and released as (3) in 2021 as a two CD set. This concert, occurring in Galper's life chronology between extended stays with Cannonball Adderley (1973 ...
Downbeat (Herb Boyd)
5-STARS "Live" is the operative word of Hal Galper Quintet's Live At The Berlin Philharmonic, 1977. No matter what track you choose, the results are the same—exhilarating. Pianist Galper's dazzling runs are often complemented by his punchy pointillism, and this is particularly engrossing on "I'll Never Stop Loving You." Galper alone is stunning ...
Music Frames (Netherlands) (Mattie Poels)
Live at the Berlin Philharmonic is the double CD, recently released by the magical American pianist Hal Galper with his quintet. It's fantastic that a label like Origin Records re-releases old recordings. Recordings that are timeless and sound unparalleled and contemporary even after more than 40 years. This is also the case with the 1977 concer ...
Jazz N More (Switzerland) (Georg Modestin)
Born in 1938, he has remained a "musicians' musician" despite a long career as an instrumentalist, band leader, composer, arranger and teacher. He was a member of the Cannonball Adderley quintet for almost three years, followed by a further ten in that of Phil Woods. In the second half of the 1970s he himself headed a band whose line-up is easy to ...
JazzdaGama (Raul da Gama)
There can hardly be a better occasion to celebrate the unfettered energy of "live" music than this 1977 performance of the Hal Galper Quintet. In fact, it would never be hyperbolic to suggest that it stands out as one of the greatest "live" performances by a group of musicians…ever. It is dark – beautifully so – and the music takes you to ano ...
The Scotsman (Jim Gilchrist)
4-STARS This intense moment in time captures US pianist Hal Galper leading a volatile quintet with the fabled Brecker brothers – trumpeter Randy and the late Mike on tenor saxophone, bassist Wayne Dockery and drummer Bob Moses. The double CD opens by establishing the band's take-no-prisoners ethos with Now Hear This, Galper's creative fire churn ...
BeBop Spoken Here (UK) (Lance Liddle)
Six tracks - the shortest at 9:31, the longest at 24:36 - spread over two CDs recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonic in 1977 gave me the feeling of being there. This feeling helped on by the audience's enthusiasm. If Michael Brecker had blown these choruses at a JATP concert 30 years earlier he'd have been accused of exhibitionism or playing to ...
Jazzwise (UK) (Brian Priestley)
4-STARS At one point, Galper was in danger of being recognised more as an educator than a pianist, although a couple of recent sessions for Origin should have put paid to that. Similarly, this archive release is a strong reminder that post-bop was alive and well in the 1970s. The hard-driving and enthusiastically-received set is reminiscent of ...
BBC Music Magazine (Editor)
5-STARS This two-disc release has come about as a result of Galper sifting through his archives a couple years ago. It was a session well worth rescuing. Although dating back 44 years, it recalls when Galper was already established as a highly-regarded player, almost part of the jazz-scene furniture and thus sometimes unfairly overlooked. This con ...