Hal Galper: Furious Rubato (2007)
The fireworks start with his avalanche-like introduction to Miles Davis' "Milestones (the song first recorded for Savoy, not the later one for Columbia that's also known as "Miles ), the piece cooling slightly as Galper steps back to feature Johnson then rekindling the fire in his exchanges with Bishop. He recasts John Coltrane's "Naima by incorporating unexpected space between its chords, while his turbulent reworking of Davis' "Miles Ahead also reveals new possibilities. Galper's originals are no less demanding, highlighted by his off-center ballad "Valse Cool and intense "Chromatic Fantasy. Johnson contributes "Zen, which initially sounds like a meditation but builds to a dramatic climax. Hardly a typical jazz piano trio session, this fascinating music is well worth exploring.
Track Listing: Milestones; Valse Cool; Zen; Figurine; Chromatic Fantasy; Naima; Miles Ahead; Other Days.
Personnel: Hal Galper: piano; Jeff Johnson: bass; John Bishop: drums.
Record Label: Origin Records