October 23rd, 2009
HAL GALPER at the piano at Tula’s
Well known for his work with Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, and Phil Woods, pianist Hal Galper brings crazy chops and a lifetime of jazz knowledge to each new project. As on the outstanding disc, Furious Rubato, he points to new directions for jazz with drummer John Bishop and bassist Jeff Johnson. The performance tonight, and again tomorrow on Saturday night are being recorded. Looks like a possible live album in the works.
The Origin release Furious Rubato, which JazzTimes noted “contained the most complex, daring, exhilarating music of Galper’s career,” pushes jazz into bold new directions. With Johnson and Bishop, Galper explores standards, originals, and group improvisations utilizing original approaches to rubato, an open and circular approach to time and melody that Galper has explored and developed over the last several years.