Monday, June 12, 2017

Al Haig - Jazz Will-O-The-Wisp

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
Jazz Will-O-The-Wisp


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


Melanchthon said...


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WOODY said...

Great share and a wonderful gift, so thanks for this gem, very much appreciated!

george said...

Many thanks, Mel!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

DEEP said...

I made a recording with Bill Crow and he told me about this recording session...he said the producer originally contracted it for 10" release but at the session kept want more tunes resulting in 2 10" releases. He only paid the musicians for 1 session.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much for another nice Al Haig post Mel!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

rev.b said...

Thank Mel for yet another wonderful post. I've stared dropping people like RUSKAVAL left and right recently. The term leech comes to mind.......

cvllos said...

Thank you, Melanchthon, once more for this big surprise! Just wonderful!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel. The only downside of this session is that his friend Jimmy Raney is not contributing. Best to you.

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thank you for this post and all the others you are making!
How deplorable of someone making money of your effort!
From time to time I try to send some money to you as keeping this blog alive does cost money.

All the best.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Charco74 said...

Welcome back, man and once again my pitiful thanks for all this amazing music.