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Al Haig

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: July 22, 1924 | Died: November 16, 1982    

Al Haig

A fine bebop pianist, Al Haig will come to mind as a participant on the Miles Davis “Birth of the Cool” sessions. Though this might be the primary recollection point on his resume, Al Haig was quite a player in his own right, though time has unjustly diminished his reputation.

Haig was born July 22, 1922, in Newark, New Jersey, and his early jazz leanings were heavily influenced by Teddy Wilson. Moving to New York in 1944, he started playing with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. He performed and recorded with Gillespie from 1944 to 1946, Parker from 1948 to 1950, and then joined up with Stan Getz from 1949 to 1951. Though he was best in a small combo setting, he also played in the big bands of Charlie Barnet and Jimmy Dorsey during this period. He spent a brief time with Chet Baker, in 1952, then formed his own trio and quartet which went on to record some fine bop albums from 1954 to 1957....
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Source: James Nadal

  • 1953

    Audio Fidelity
    2002
  • Duke 'N' Bird

    Audio Fidelity
    2000
  • A Portrait Of Bud Powell

    Audio Fidelity
    1999
  • The Al Haig Trio Esoteric

    Audio Fidelity
    1991
  • Expressly Ellington

    Audio Fidelity
    1979
  • Interplay

    Audio Fidelity
    1976
  • Special Brew

    Audio Fidelity
    1976
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