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Hal Galper/Jeff Johnson/John Bishop: Furious Rubato

I thought I knew something about Hal Galper. I did not know Hal Galper at all. Hal Galper has evolved.

In the liner notes he says that he has become fascinated with rubato-bending and shaping tempo to enhance expression. He has been practicing “sporadically at … unpredictable times of the day or night” for six years, exploring this concept. Often, for artists, specific devices are less important in themselves than as paths to new creativity. Galper’s investigation of rubato has liberated his piano trio, sprung it loose from time. This album contains the most complex, daring, exhilarating music of Galper’s career.

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