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Hal Galper (2006)

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Harold "Hal" Galper is a jazz pianist born in Salem, Massachusetts on April 18, 1938. He studied classical piano as a boy, but switched to jazz which he studied at the Berklee College of Music from 1955 to 1958. Around this time Jaki Byard and Herb Pomeroy taught him privately. He went on to work in Pomeroy's band. Later on he worked with greats like Chet Baker and Stan Getz. He also accompanied vocalist Joe Williams, Anita O'Day, and Chris Connor. In 1977, Hal Galper was the pianist on the Tony Williams album, Now Hear This, which also featured Cecil McBee on bass and Terumasa Hino on fluglehorn and trumpet. He performed in New York and Chicago jazz clubs in the late 1970's.

Throughout the eighties he was a member of Phil Woods' Quintet which he joined in 1981. He counts Bud Powell as a prime influence.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Lennie Tristano Lennie Tristano/The New Tristano Line Up (Rhino)
# 2 Ahmad Jamal At the Pershing Poinciana (Chess)
# 3 Sonny Rollins A Night at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (Blue Note)
# 4 Erroll Garner Concert by the Sea I'll Remember April (Columbia)
# 5 Bill Evans The Last Waltz Turn Out the Stars (Milestone)
# 6 Miles Davis Bitches Brew Bitches Brew (Columbia)
# 7 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall Sweet and Lovely (Blue Note)
Book The Complete Works of Shakespeare
Luxury Item A BlackBerry
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Alt 1 John Coltrane Giant Steps N/A (Atlantic)
Alt 2 John Coltrane One Up, One Down: Live at the Half Note N/A (Impulse)
Alt 3 Miles Davis Kind of Blue N/A (Columbia)
Alt 4 Bill Evans Consecration N/A (Milestone)
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