Saturday, July 9, 2016

Esoteric Al Haig Trio

One of three albums that pianist Al Haig led in 1954 before slipping away into obscurity for the next 20 years, this long out-of-print set was reissued on CD by the Spanish Fresh Sound label. The bop pioneer is heard swinging 13 jazz standards, accompanied by bassist Bill Crow and drummer Lee Abrams. Few surprises occur in this straightforward and concise set other than the inclusion of the Dixieland standard "Royal Garden Blues," but it does give listeners a good example of Al Haig's abilities.
Scott Yanow

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Al Haig
The Al Haig Trio


1 Autumn in New York (Duke)  5:17
2 Isn't It Romantic ? (Hart, Rodgers)  3:38
3 They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:52
4 Royal Garden Blues (Williams, Williams)  2:44
5 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh)  2:46
6 Moonlight in Vermont(Blackburn, Suessdorf)  3:43
7 If I Should Lose You (Rainger, Robin)  3:34
8 April in Paris (Duke, Harburg)  2:15
9 All God's Chillun Got Rhythm (Jurmann, Kahn, Kaper)  2:20
10 Body and Soul (Eyton, Grean, Green, Heyman)  4:55
11 Gone with the Wind (Magidson, Wrubel)  2:59
12 My Old Flame (Coslow, Johnston)  2:58
13 On the Alamo (Jones, Kahn)  3:34


Al Haig - p
Bill Crow - b
Lee Abrams - dr

Recorded in the Esoteric Studios, New York City ; March 13, 1954


Philo said...

Some very nice tunes.

These tracks also were released on the Fresh Sound cd "03/13/54 One Day Session: Vogue & Esoteric Recordings" by the Al Haig Trio. Anyone who has the "One Day" cd already has this material.

rem6775 said...

Looks good. Thank you Mel.

David Federman said...

From Al Haig to Lazar Berman (i.e., Liszt) is a great leap in piano history. Thanks for the pairing. I am deeply impressed by your blog. Keep connecting disparate dots.

Kneigh said...

Thanx very much for both this Haig Trio session & the Haig Trio & Sextet release!!

Your blog is a never-ending treat for me, sir!! As always, thanx for all your hard work!!


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deGallo said...

Nice! Thank you.

MrBill said...

Very happy to see this. Thank you.

Geoviki said...

Very enjoyable, thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice album.
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!