Al Haig

Real Name:
Allan Warren Haig
Profile:
American jazz pianist and one of the pioneers of bebop.
Born : July 19, 1922 in Newark, New Jersey.
Died : November 16, 1982 in New York City, New York. (Heart attack)

Al started playing with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker in 1945 [2], and performed and recorded under Gillespie from 1945 to 1946, as a member of Eddie Davis And His Beboppers in 1946 (also featuring Fats Navarro), and Eddie Davis And His Quintet in 1947, under Parker from 1948 to 1950, and under Stan Getz from 1949 to 1951. The Gillespie quintet, which included Haig, recorded four 78 r.p.m. sides for Guild Records in May 1945 which are regarded as the first recordings to demonstrate all elements of the mature bebop style. He was part of the celebrated nonet on the first session of Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool. Although Haig became known for his distinctive and pioneering bebop style, he in fact spent much of his career playing in non-jazz contexts. His work was the subject of a revival in the 1970s.

In 1969 Haig was acquitted of a murder charge. He had been accused of strangling his third wife, Bonnie, at their home in Clifton, New Jersey on 9 October 1968. He had said in evidence that his wife had been drunk, and had died in a fall down a flight of stairs. Grange Rutan, Haig's second wife, challenged Haig's account in her 2007 book, Death of a Bebop Wife. Rutan's book is partly autobiographical, partly based on interviews with friends and family members. She describes Bonnie's story in detail, describing an underside to Haig that included a history of serial domestic abuse. Rutan notes that several family members sounded alarm bells regarding Haig's violent personality that went unheeded. Importantly, she quotes bassist Harold Gaylor, who was talking with Haig before a performance at the Edison Hotel lounge in the early seventies, when Haig admitted to him he had caused Bonnie's death.

In 1974 Haig was invited to tour Europe by Tony Williams (13), owner of Spotlite Records in the UK. At the end of a very successful tour he recorded the 'Invitation' album for Spotlite, with Gilbert Rovère, on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. This kick-started his re-emergence and over the next eight years he built a strong following in Europe and toured several times, recording in the UK and France, and appearing elsewhere. He recorded for several Japanese labels
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CPT-551 Al Haig - Jazz Will-O-The-Wisp album art Al Haig Jazz Will-O-The-Wisp (Album) Counterpoint CPT-551 US 1957 Sell This Version
711 Al Haig - Today! album art Al Haig Today! (Album) Mint Records (3) 711 US 1964 Sell This Version
7516, PRST 7516 Al Haig - Prezervation album art Stan Getz with Al Haig Stan Getz with Al Haig - Prezervation (Comp) Prestige, Prestige 7516, PRST 7516 US 1967 Sell This Version
CRS 1010 Al Haig - Strings Attached album art Al Haig & Jimmy Raney Al Haig & Jimmy Raney - Strings Attached (Album) Choice (7) CRS 1010 US 1975 Sell This Version
SB-1001 Al Haig - Piano Interpretation album art Al Haig Piano Interpretation (Album) Seabreeze Records SB-1001 US 1976 Sell This Version
SB-1005, SB 1005 Al Haig - Interplay album art Al Haig Interplay (Album) Seabreeze Records, Seabreeze Records SB-1005, SB 1005 US 1976 Sell This Version
15PJ-1020 Al Haig - Duke'N'Bird album art Al Haig Duke'N'Bird (Album) East Wind 15PJ-1020 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
UPS-2288-G Al Haig - Reminiscence album art Al Haig Reminiscence (Album) Progressive Records (2) UPS-2288-G Japan 1977 Sell This Version
IP-7713 Al Haig - Serendipity album art Al Haig Serendipity(LP, Album) Interplay Records IP-7713 US 1977 Sell This Version
MUS. 3035 Al Haig - Parisian Thoroughfare album art Al Haig Parisian Thoroughfare(LP, Album) Musica Records MUS. 3035 France 1977 Sell This Version
SPJ139, SPJ 139 Al Haig - Al Haig Meets The Master Saxes, Volume One album art Al Haig, Coleman Hawkins, Wardell Gray, John Hardee Al Haig, Coleman Hawkins, Wardell Gray, John Hardee - Al Haig Meets The Master Saxes, Volume One(LP) Spotlite Records, Spotlite Records SPJ139, SPJ 139 UK 1977 Sell This Version
PAP-9135 Al Haig - Al Haig Plays The Music Of Jerome Kern album art Al Haig Al Haig Plays The Music Of Jerome Kern (Album) Trio Records PAP-9135 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
IP-7707 Al Haig - A Portrait Of Bud Powell album art Al Haig A Portrait Of Bud Powell (Album) Interplay Records IP-7707 US 1978 Sell This Version
SPJLP20 Al Haig - Expressly Ellington album art Al Haig, Jamil Nasser, Art Themen Al Haig, Jamil Nasser, Art Themen - Expressly Ellington(LP) Spotlite Records SPJLP20 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SPJ LP11 Al Haig - Stablemates album art Jon Eardley / Al Haig Jon Eardley / Al Haig - Stablemates(LP) Spotlite Records SPJ LP11 UK 1979 Sell This Version
mus 3030 Al Haig - Al In Paris album art Al Haig & Pierre Michelot Al Haig & Pierre Michelot - Al In Paris(LP, Album) Musica Records mus 3030 France 1979 Sell This Version
SB-1006 Al Haig - Piano Time album art Al Haig Piano Time(LP) Sea Breeze Record Company SB-1006 US 1979 Sell This Version
SPJLP23 Al Haig - Be Bop Live album art Al Haig, Peter King (2), Art Themen, Kenny Baldock*, Allan Ganley Al Haig, Peter King (2), Art Themen, Kenny Baldock*, Allan Ganley - Be Bop Live Spotlite Records SPJLP23 UK 1983 Sell This Version
K26P 6309 Al Haig - Blue Manhattan album art Al Haig, Reggie Johnson, Frank Gant Al Haig, Reggie Johnson, Frank Gant - Blue Manhattan (Album) Bopland K26P 6309 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
206 Al Haig - Live In Hollywood album art Al Haig, Chet Baker, Sonny Criss, Jack Montrose Al Haig, Chet Baker, Sonny Criss, Jack Montrose - Live In Hollywood (Album) Xanadu Records 206 US 1985 Sell This Version
ABCJ-65, SB-1001 Al Haig - Manhattan Memories album art Al Haig Manhattan Memories(CD, Album) Absord Music Japan, See Breeze Records ABCJ-65, SB-1001 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
MTCJ-1040 Al Haig - 1953 album art Al Haig 1953(CD, Album) PJL, Jazzbank MTCJ-1040 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
ABCJ-537 Al Haig - Inglewood Jam 1952 album art Al Haig Inglewood Jam 1952(CD, Album, Mono) Absord Music Japan ABCJ-537 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
ABCJ-526 Al Haig - Cleff Session 1953 album art Al Haig Cleff Session 1953(CD, Album, RM) Interplay Records ABCJ-526 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
CHCD 71010 Al Haig - Freedom Jazz Dance album art Al Haig, Jimmy Raney Al Haig, Jimmy Raney - Freedom Jazz Dance(CDr, Advance, Promo, RE) Choice (7) CHCD 71010 US 2010 Sell This Version