Al Haig Trio is a 1954 jazz album released by Al Haig on the Esoteric records label; in later rereleases it is therefore often known as Esoteric or The Al Haig Trio Esoteric. The album is notable as being one of three that Haig released as leader in 1954, the final year of his first period of success. There followed some twenty years of obscurity, broken in the later 1970s, when he was finally recognised as an important pioneer of bebop, and began to be recorded again.
Producer – Tony Williams (13). Recorded By – Keith Grant. Recorded: Barnes, England, Monday, January 7th, 1974. The title of B4 is "Bert's Vertes", but this is the same track as "Linear Motion". Invitation (LP, Album). SPJ-CD 604. Al Haig Trio. Invitation (CD, Album, RE).
The album is notable as being one of three that Haig released as leader in 1954, the final year of his first period of success. There followed some twenty years of obscurity, broken in the later 1970s, when he was finally recognised as an important pioneer of bop, and began to be recorded again.
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.
One of the key figures in the development of be-bop, Al Haig's piano has graced some of the best recording sessions in all of jazz. Presented here is his masterful 1954 Esoteric release, simply titled "Al Haig Trio," often described as a highlight in the career of one of the best pianists in modern jazz history. On these recordings Al turns some time-worn standards into be-bop adventures, assisted by Bill Crow on bass and Lee Abrams on drums. All selections newly remastered.
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- Piano – Al Haig