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by Hal Stein Quartet

Hal Stein is a saxophone master on the scene since the beginnings of bebop. His rich, swinging sound is the result of a lifetime making music with many of the greatest artists in jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shuffle Montgomery
6:55 $0.99
2. Thanks for You
7:35 $0.99
3. Le Sacre Supreme
5:00 $0.99
4. We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together
7:09 $0.99
5. Or Not
5:39 $0.99
6. Sweet and Lovely
7:02 $0.99
7. Crazy He Calls Me
6:32 $0.99
8. Two for the Seesaw
7:23 $0.99
9. Friday Night At the Cadillac Club
4:21 $0.99
10. Autumn Nocturne
3:08 $0.99
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THIS IS THE REAL THING! Saxophone legend Hal Stein has released his first recording as a leader in five decades. There are many talented jazz artists today, but few possess such an authentic, soulful, full-bodied sound. Stein has performed professionally since the age of sixteen, working with an impressive array of seminal musicians during his career. He remains very active on the San Francisco Bay Area jazz scene. Writer Herb Wong says "digging his spirited quartet is a mandate!" Professor David Baker adds: "what a joy to hear this brilliant jazz master and his outstanding quartet! Regardless of stylistic preferences, SPIRIT! is a must-have CD for every listener who values artistic integrity."
"Hal Stein is a living link to New York's 52nd Street, a brawny tenor saxophonist who absorbed the lessons of bebop directly from the source." Listen to Andrew Gilbert's recent radio review of SPIRIT! at:
This long-awaited session features HAL STEIN on tenor sax along with:
LEE BLOOM (piano)
JOHN WIITALA (string bass)
"Spirit!" was recorded 'live in the studio' by Grammy winner Todd Phillips.
Produced by Lee Bloom with Todd Phillips.
The critics are proclaiming:
"I was delighted to hear the new CD, SPIRIT! The repertoire, ranging from Herbie Nichols and Billy Strayhorn to a mixture of well-known and more obscure standards suits him to a tee and he presents them righteously. I raise my stein to Hal!"
- IRA GITLER, author of "Masters of Bebop" and former editor of Downbeat

"Few players have been able to forge a completely original voice and yet stay within the boundaries of the bebop tradition, and Hal Stein is one of the best. The choice of tunes is great, and the group handles each of them with sensitivity, imagination and - above all - passion."
- DAVID N. BAKER, author/educator/musician and Pulitzer Prize nominee

"Hal Stein's resplendent CD embodies his musical values of vitality, logic, clarity and impassioned sympatico. He is among the endangered species of saxophone jazz masters."
- DR. HERB WONG, radio KJAZ alumnus and Past President, International Association of Jazz Education

"If Hal Stein were better-known, he would be called a living legend. His playing is a joy..."
- SCOTT YANOW, All Music Guide

"God, it's good to have Hal Stein back on disc! He was on the scene during the early days of bebop, and, more than a half century later, his passion is unabated. His tone on tenor saxophone is fat and his conception is mature, the product of a lifetime spent in the jazz trenches."
- LEE HILDEBRAND, jazz writer

"Rather than a valedictory statement, "Spirit!" is the work of a fully engaged musician, eager to take on new challenges. Stein's trademark thick and brawny tone has lost none of its swagger, and Stein still carries with him the spirit of New York City's 52nd Street, where he honed his chops as a teenager, sitting in with jazz legends like pianist Erroll Garner and tenor saxophonist Don Byas. He's backed by a formidable band led by pianist Lee Bloom, who co-produced the session."
- ANDREW GILBERT, jazz writer
Hal's performing experience reads like a who's who of the jazz world! Among others, Mr. Stein has worked with:
Toshiko Akiyoshi, Henry "Red" Allen, Georgie Auld, Art Blakey, Pete Brown, Benny Carter, Teddy Charles, Chick Corea, Sammy Davis Jr., Kenny Dorham, Bob Dorough, Kenny Drew, Les and Larry Elgart, Bill Evans, Art and Addison Farmer, Erroll Garner, Louis Hayes, Roy Haynes, J.C. Heard, Joe Henderson, Joe Farrell, Elvin Jones, Gene Krupa, Charles Mingus, Vaughn Monroe, Buddy Morrow, Paul Motian, Gerry Mulligan, Rob Schneiderman, Tony Scott, Artie Shaw, Charlie Spivak, Claude Thornhill, Mal Waldron, Nancy Wilson, Jessica Williams, Phil Woods, Trummy Young.

Hal Stein selected discography:
"BLUES IN THE RED" with Tab Smith, Doc Pomus and Leonard Feather (1945)
"BROADWAY '54" with Al Cohn (Prestige, 1954)
"HAL STEIN & WARREN FITZGERALD" (Progressive, 1955)
"WORD FROM BIRD" Teddy Charles Tentet (Atlantic, 1956)
"FOUR ALTOS" Gene Quill, Phil Woods, Sahib Shihab and Hal Stein (Prestige, 1957)
"SPIRIT!" Hal Stein Quartet (GuideTone Media, 2006)



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You need this!
I had never heard of Hal Stein before and am thankful that I was listening to NPR when they did the review...Awesome! He has been my constant friend in my iPod since I got the CD...classic jazz and expertly crafted...buy it!

Jerry Robinson

I hear this excellent quartet from time to time around the Bay Area and always enjoy them. This CD is a fine product from four very good musicians.

Jenny Ryan

Talk about the spirit of 76!
Wow, this 76-year-old man plays hard. One refreshing thing about the recording is that it's neither a compilation of the same old sawhorses you usually hear, nor a collection of re-named, re-worked standards based on the changes of those aforementioned old sawhorses. Although all the tracks have something to recommend them, my particular favorites are: "We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together", arranged with a nod to his earlier swing influences; "Or Not", a surprisingly hip, funky outing; "Crazy He Calls Me", which showcases Stein's sweet and lovely tone; the hard-swinging "Friday Night At The Cadillac Club"; and a more gently-swinging, poignant "Autumn Nocturne". If you have the good fortune to be in the Bay Area when he's playing, his live performance is not to be missed.