Saturday, July 2, 2016

Al Haig Quartet

One of the finest pianists of the bop era (and one who learned from Bud Powell's innovations quite early), Al Haig was quite busy during two periods of his career but unfortunately was pretty obscure in the years between. After serving in the Coast Guard (playing in bands during 1942-1944) and freelancing around Boston, Haig worked steadily with Dizzy Gillespie (1945-1946), Charlie Parker (1948-1950), and Stan Getz (1949-1951); and was on many recordings, mostly as a sideman (including some classic Diz and Bird sessions) but also as a leader for Spotlite, Dawn, and Prestige. However (other than little-known dates in 1954 for Esoteric, Swing, and Period), Haig did not lead any more albums until 1974. He played fairly often during the 1951-1973 period, but was generally overlooked. That changed during his last decade, when he was finally recognized as a bop giant and recorded for Spotlite, Choice, SeaBreeze, Interplay, and several Japanese and European labels.
Scott Yanow, (AMG)

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/al_haig_quartet-cd-141.html

Al Haig
Quartet

Tracks

1 Sweet Loraine (Burwell, Parish)  3:02
2 Tea For Two (Youmans, Caesar)  2:33
3 You Go To My Head (Coots, Gilespie)  4:45
4 You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Brown, Kahn)  2:43
5 Undecided (Shavers, Robin)  1:52
6 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:48
7 Woodyn' You (Gillespie)  2:18
8 Stella By Starlight (Young, Washington)  2:46
9 Someone To Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:13

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Personnel
Al Haig - p
Benny Weeks - g
Teddy Kotick - b
Phil Brown - dr


Recorded in New York City ; September [13 ?], 1954

See also
http://www.jazzdisco.org/al-haig/catalog/#period-spl-1104

17 comments:

Olde Edo said...

Can't get enough of intriguing Al Haig. Thanks a lot for this!

danair said...

Nice post,thanks Mel

Jontowel said...

Mr Haig and guitar. very interesting pairing. thx for sharing

jose arboleda said...

Gracias...

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you for sharing, Mel! I don't know that I have seen this album before. It is always nice to see good stuff from sideman that played with Bird.

tolis said...

I'm new here, so I missed it the first time. Many thanks for (re)offering it!

deGallo said...

Nice! Thank you.

rev.b said...

Bud Powell once referred to Al Haig as "a perfect pianist" and listed him as his favorite. High praise. It seems like Al did a lot of recording in 1954. I don't believe I've heard this one yet, so looking forward. Thx agn Mel!

Mike said...

Updating a bad copy I have. Thanks a lot!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thank you

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Anonymous said...

Can you re-post this album, Mel? Thank you!

Melanchthon said...

http://www8.zippyshare.com/v/xTEZpa74/file.html

Anonymous said...

You are the Master, MM. Al Haig.....

Anonymous said...

I repeat it - MM is The Master.

AmyBRAINS said...

A nice discovery to me.
Many, many thanks, Melanchton.