Al Haig: Trio and Sextets

Al Haig, like Duke Jordan, is primarily remembered for sterling contributions to Charlie Parker’s groups. Both men were lyrical soloists and superb accompanists, but neither recorded much as leaders until the ’70s. Haig’s elegant side was already well developed at the time of these excellent ’54 trio sessions, which will delight early modern piano fans. The ’49 sextets feature either future boss Stan Getz or Wardell Gray on tenor, with guitarist Jimmy Raney in both lineups. There are a couple of charmingly wacky scat vocals and bebop is definitely the order of the day, but this stuff dates extremely well.