(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.
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 ...