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Elias Haslanger: Live at the Gallery (2014)

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Live at the Gallery boasts rollicking, soulful performances of a first-class set list recorded live and hot onstage at a packed jazz club in Austin (Texas) led by Texas native, Austin resident and tenor saxophonist Elias Haslanger and featuring soloists Dr. James Polk
Dr. James Polk
Dr. James Polk
b.1940
piano
(another native Texan and former organist, pianist, writer, arranger and conductor for Ray Charles
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
1930 - 2004
piano
) on Hammond B-3 organ and Jake Langley on guitar.

Haslanger, who studied at the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Texas and Southwest Texas State University (when he received the DownBeat Student Music Award for College Outstanding Tenor Saxophone Performance), straddles the US east coast / Midwest tenor sounds. "New York was obviously a great learning experience but I'm more comfortable, personally and musically, back in Austin," he allows. "I think that's given me more confidence to develop my own sound and use it to explore new types of music." In 2013, Haslanger was short-listed by the Texas Commission on the Arts for the role of State Musician of Texas, an honor previously bestowed on such artists as Lyle Lovett
Lyle Lovett
Lyle Lovett
b.1957
guitar
and Willie Nelson.

"One for Daddy O," from Julian "Cannonball" Adderley
Julian
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley
1928 - 1975
saxophone
's landmark Somethin' Else (1958, Blue Note) opens Live at the Gallerywith great feeling and sound—a little funk, a little blues, a little bounce and a ton of soul. Next, Polk's B-3 creeps into "Watermelon Man" (Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
) to quickly introduce solos by Haslanger, whose tenor burns like a Texas brushfire, and Langley, who seems to channel Grant Green
Grant Green
Grant Green
1935 - 1979
guitar
or Ivan Boogaloo Jones or a comparable soul-jazz guitar ace. Haslanger's hot runs through "Watermelon Man," "I Thought About You" and "Adam's Apple" (by Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
b.1933
saxophone
) sound like lost classics from Prestige Records' tenor/B-3 soul jazz catalog, including and especially Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt
1924 - 1982
saxophone
's extensive recordings with Don Patterson
Don Patterson
Don Patterson
1936 - 1988
organ, Hammond B3
.

Or, if you prefer, Haslanger's take on Horace Silver
Horace Silver
Horace Silver
1928 - 2014
piano
's timeless "Song for My Father" sounds so much like Stanley Turrentine
Stanley Turrentine
Stanley Turrentine
1934 - 2000
sax, tenor
playing this tune in the funky Blue Note Records company of guitarist Grant Green
Grant Green
Grant Green
1935 - 1979
guitar
and Dr. Lonnie Smith
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Dr. Lonnie Smith
b.1942
organ, Hammond B3
on B-3. Haslanger sounds soulful, blue and hot, stretching out his lines across several bars and then blistering the melody with hot staccato. In "Goin' Down," a favorite of Texas blues guitar ace Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan
1954 - 1990
guitar
, the saxophonist does more than sing—he testifies—the blues!

If you've ever wondered what Eddie Harris
Eddie Harris
Eddie Harris
1934 - 1994
saxophone
, Billy Butler
Billy Butler
b.1925
and Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
1925 - 2005
organ, Hammond B3
might sound like jamming together in heaven, now you know. Live at the Gallery is simply a great live set.

Track Listing: One for Daddy O; Watermelon Man; I Thought About You; Goin' Down; Song for My Father; Misty; Adam's Apple; In a Sentimental Mood.

Personnel: Elias Hanslanger: tenor sax; Dr. James Polk: B-3 organ; Jake Langley: guitar; Scott Laningham: drums; Daniel Durham: bass.

Record Label: Cherrywood Records


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