Press

Selected Press for Hal Galper and the Youngbloods “Live at the COTA Jazz Festival” [Origin 2017]

All About Jazz 4.5 stars  (Dan McClenaghan)

“…while addition of another melodic voice to Galper’s trio concept – in this case alto saxophonist Nathan Bellott – opens up new paths through a labyrinthine trail system. Bellott’s tone is tart, Jackie McLean-esque. His approach is confident to the point of audaciousness. Jazz thrives on audaciousness.”

KUCI (Hobart Taylor)

“…On this release he has found gifted young performers and improvisers in drummer, David Frazier, bassist Dean Torrey, and the uninhibited Nathan Bellott on alto sax. In fact the sax drum duets that occasionally emerge echo the free jazz greats.”

Cadence Magazine (Robert Rusch)

“This gig [9/11/16] came about a year after they first played as a group and was part of a festival honoring the life of Phil Woods. And if you enjoy Woods you’re going to love this CD. Bellott has Woods’ pugnacious attack down and is a natural fit with Galper who was Woods’ pianist for a decade. Galper is in top form revisiting some of the 3 originals plus “Goodbye”. Torrey and Frazier are right on top of the program following in step with Galper’s twisted turns. Galper has made a few top quality recordings that seem to have been overlooked in the shuffle. This CD is superior and belong with his best.”

New York City Jazz Record (Ken Dryden)

“The extended workout of Galper’s “Speak With A Single Voice” borders on free jazz in spots with his solo and inspired fluidity of his rhythm section, Bellott’s searing lead the icing on the cake. The pianist’s “O’s Time” is a tribute to the late Ornette Coleman, previously recorded rubato style with his trio in 2014; in this new rendition, Bellott is infused with Coleman’s spirit in his adventurous, frequently dissonant solo, fueled by an irregular pulse. The standard “Goodbye”, the Gordon Jenkins composition long used as Benny Goodman’s sign-off theme, was in honor of Phil Woods (one of the COTA founders) and is unlike any of hundreds of interpretations previously recorded in jazz. Although it seems relatively straightforward in some ways, Bellott’s lyrical playing floats over the free-spirited rhythm section, and Galper’s brilliant improvisation takes this chestnut into new territory.

The set wraps with the leader’s “Scufflin'”, briefly hinting at bop before the rubato adventures begin as Torrey and Frazier keep the pianist on his toes with their flexible rhythm. The future of jazz is in good hands with a master like Galper providing postgraduate, on-the-job training to younger generations.”

Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)

“Jazz vet pianist Hal Galper has had an impressive career as a sideman for the likes of Chet Baker, Stan Getz and Cannonball Adderley, never quite receiving the accolades he deserves. He shows his long hewn charms with a post bop team of Nathan Bellott/as, Dean Torry/b and David Frazier/dr for a handful of swinging yet lyrical pieces in concert format. The selection of songs for the 2016 gig reflect the range of the artist as well, with a soft and harmonic “Goodbye” featuring Bellott’s warm horn, and a Ornette Coleman tribute, “O’s Time” bopping along with a herky jerky cadence provided by Frazier… ”