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Hal Galper - Live at the Berlin Philharmonic 1977

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This looks great to me, that band was on fire!  CD's available

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HAL GALPER

LIVE AT THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC, 1977

ORIGIN 82810

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 (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.
OWEN CORDLE, JAZZTIMES

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-wordly 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.

 


TRACK LISTING:

DISC ONE
1 Now Hear This 13:59
2 Speak with a Single Voice 24:36
3 I'll Never Stop Loving You 12:56

DISC TWO
1 Triple Play 14:04
2 This Is the Thing 12:33
3 Hey Fool 9:31

PERFORMERS:

Hal Galper - piano
Randy Brecker - trumpet, flugelhorn
Michael Brecker - tenor saxophone
Wayne Dockery - bass
Bob Moses - drums

 

PRODUCTION INFO:

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

 

REVIEWS OF LIVE AT THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC, 1977

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 ...

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Yeah, I bet that'll be really good.

Same band as heard on this archival release: Redux ´78

 

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Looks interesting! Great pianist, great band :)

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Tremendous music.  And it seems at least some of footage like this survived.  I hope they release DVD, too...

 

 

 

 

 

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I received it recently and it is better than the same band recorded at Rosie's in New Orleans, which has long been a favorite Hal Galper album of mine.

 

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Sounds pretty coke-y.

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Excellent Band .... believe I will need this ....

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Damn. Tight band ...

 

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Some absolutely killer Michael Brecker solos on this set ...

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Very nice 2 CD set.

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I'm very happy with it and loved that group.  The whole was so much more than the sum of the parts, and it really brought out the best in the Brecker's and Galper.

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Glad that Hal Galper made a clean break with his Fender Rhodes by dumping it into the Hudson. 

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1 hour ago, Ken Dryden said:

Glad that Hal Galper made a clean break with his Fender Rhodes by dumping it into the Hudson. 

+1.  Never liked his sound on it.  Give me Chick Corea or Cedar Walton on the Rhodes.

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Posted (edited)

I am rarely a fan of electric piano on most recordings, I've never been a fan of its sound and in many cases, a grand piano would have been a better choice, especially when there are no other electric instruments. One of the worst is having to put up with Bob James' rinky-dink Fender Rhodes on the Mulligan-Baker Carnegie Hall concert.

 

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