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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Albums

Al Haig - Jazz Will-O-The-Wisp album art Al Haig Jazz Will-O-The-Wisp (Album) Counterpoint US 1957 Sell This Version
Al Haig - Today! album art Al Haig Today! (Album) Mint Records (3) US 1964 Sell This Version
Al Haig - Prezervation album art Stan Getz with Al Haig Stan Getz with Al Haig - Prezervation (Comp) Prestige, Prestige US 1967 Sell This Version
Al Haig - Strings Attached album art Al Haig & Jimmy Raney Al Haig & Jimmy Raney - Strings Attached (Album) Choice (7) US 1975 Sell This Version
Al Haig - Piano Interpretation album art Al Haig Piano Interpretation Seabreeze Records US 1976 Sell This Version
Al Haig - Interplay album art Al Haig Interplay (Album) Seabreeze Records, Seabreeze Records US 1976 Sell This Version
Al Haig - Duke'N'Bird album art Al Haig Duke'N'Bird (Album) East Wind Japan 1977 Sell This Version
Al Haig - Reminiscence album art Al Haig Reminiscence (Album) Progressive Records (2) 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
Al Haig - A Portrait Of Bud Powell album art Al Haig A Portrait Of Bud Powell (Album) Interplay Records 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
Al Haig - Plays The Music Of Jerome Kern album art Al Haig Plays The Music Of Jerome Kern (Album) Inner City Records US 1980 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(LP) Spotlite Records SPJLP23 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Al Haig - Blue Manhattan album art Al Haig, Reggie Johnson, Frank Gant Al Haig, Reggie Johnson, Frank Gant - Blue Manhattan (Album) Bopland Japan 1984 Sell This Version
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 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-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

Singles & EPs

1002 Al Haig - Lover Man / Shaw 'Nuff album art Dizzy Gillespie And Charlie Parker, Sydney Catlett*, Al Haig, Curly Russell Dizzy Gillespie And Charlie Parker, Sydney Catlett*, Al Haig, Curly Russell - Lover Man / Shaw 'Nuff(Shellac, 10") Guild Records (2) 1002 US 1945 Sell This Version
1003 Al Haig - Salt Peanuts / Hot House album art Dizzy Gillespie And Charlie Parker, Sydney Catlett*, Al Haig, Curly Russell Dizzy Gillespie And Charlie Parker, Sydney Catlett*, Al Haig, Curly Russell - Salt Peanuts / Hot House(Shellac, 10") Guild Records (2) 1003 US 1945 Sell This Version

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