Hal Galper has staying power. Having helped fuel the flights of Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods, the Boston-area pianist has been out in front of his own no-nonsense trio for well over a decade. With drummer Steve Ellington, who’s been with the pianist since the trio’s inception, and bassist Jeff Johnson, on board for over six years, the Galper trio has congealed into one of the tightest groups of the day. Here, recalling the great Galper fivesome of the late 1970s with Michael and Randy Brecker, the pianist has added tenorist Gerry Bergonzi and trumpeter Tim Hagans for a muscular session of inspired contemporary improvisations.
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