Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hal Gaylor Trio - The Trio (feat. Billy Bean)

In the early 1960s, bassist Hal Gaylor founded a noteworthy but short-lived group that he called the Trio. With Gaylor on upright bass, Walter Norris on acoustic piano, and Billy Bean on electric guitar, the Trio favored a drumless format that recalled the Nat King Cole Trio of the 1940s. But anyone who listens to this bop-oriented 1961 session, which was produced by the ubiquitous Orrin Keepnews, will realize that the Trio never went out of its way to emulate Cole's group. While the Nat King Cole Trio is an influence, Norris is far from a Cole imitator — in 1961, the pianist was well aware of what everyone from Bill Evans to Lennie Tristano to Thelonious Monk had accomplished. Norris was only 29 when this album was recorded, and while The Trio isn't as adventurous as some of the albums that he recorded as a leader in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, it is a pleasing bop date. Gaylor (who switches to cello on his lively "Che-Low") enjoys a strong rapport with Norris and Bean on original material as well as performances of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "The End of a Love Affair" and "For Heaven's Sake." Regrettably, Gaylor and Bean both ended up leaving the music world; in fact, Gaylor gave up jazz to become a certified drug counselor. Norris, thankfully, never left jazz and was still recording when the 21st century arrived. And we can also be thankful that the Trio, although underexposed and short-lived, is documented on this enjoyable album.
Alex Henderson

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Hal Gaylor
The Trio


1 Groove Yard (Perkins)  5:21 
2 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Harbach, Kern)  5:00
 3 The End of a Love Affair (Redding)  5:12 
4 Scrambled (Norris)  3:25 
5 Out Front (Bean)  4:12 
6 Che-Low (Gaylor)  4:10 
7 For Heaven's Sake (Bretton, Edwards, Meyer)  5:30
 8 D. And D. (Norris)  5:04


Walter Norris - p
Hal Gaylor - b & cel [# 6]
Billy Bean - g

Recorded by Ray Fowler at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City ; June 6 & 30, 1961

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the doc said...

This seems very interesting. Bean was under-recorded.

jazzy62 said...

Thank you for this Mel!

jazzmaniac said...

thank you very much. Never heard
before, but very good.

Otis Foster said...

Always eager to hear Walter Norris, and Bill Bean, with whom I'm less familiar, so thanks

borguez said...

thanx so much from Italy.
Don't stop your great work!
I'm following you,

cooljazz said...

Merci bien pour ce classique. Je me rappelle que le Grand René Thomas alors qu'il demeurait à Montréal dans les années soixantes qu'il parlait souvent et avec grande admiration de Billy Bean. Aussi je voudrais souligner en passant que Hal Gaylor est natif de Montréal.

laconico said...

Thanks for both Hal Gaylor's Trio!!

MrBill said...

Thank you - I had The Trio Revisited, but not this one.

dreadco said...

What an album! Thank you so much.

neil said...

Always willing to have my ears opened...

Blue Eyes said... n'oublions pas que le Grand René Thomas était profondément influencé par Billy Bauer !

Les Yeux Bleus
Un inconditionnel du Grand René ! :)

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LaroSwing said...

Merci pour Billy Bean!

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you, I'm looking forward to this one.

ooglybong said...

Thanks! Nice to hear a drummer-less trio like this once in a while. I'm especially looking forward to hearing more of Mr. Bean on this obscure recording. Thanks again for sharing! :-)

deGallo said...

Very nice! Thank you.

jm said...

Where are you taking me? I am astonished at the depth and imagination of your researches, prompted in part by your generosity.

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Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

a vistit to your blog always brings up interesting and often new music for me.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Dear MM,
Thank you. You keep me alive, very day.

jazzandylan said...

Many thanks Mel!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel