Fabola, 2006, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O’s Notes: Pianist Hal Galper leads a trio with Tony Marino (b) and Billy Mintz (d). Each of them gets an opportunity to shine on the seven tunes a mixture of uniquely arranged standards and originals. It is bop with a free spirit! We really liked the bass solo on “Liquid Audio” and Hal’s lengthy abstract introduction on “Waiting For Chet”. Both are Galper compositions that are fresh and invigorating. “Dear Old Stockholm” and “On Green Dolphin Street” are fine examples of the wonderful interplay between Galper and Marino. Mintz not only keeps the time but also injects accents to color the music and make the arrangements unique.