Get hip to Elias Haslanger, the Texas tornado and a new rising star in improvisational music!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Elias Haslanger may well be the "Where's Waldo" of tenor players. A titan of Texas tenor, Haslanger is fresh off his critically acclaimed blues infused Come Sunday with another righteous riff on blues infused jazz with the smoldering Live At The Gallery. There are a plethora of recordings that may drop a track or two of what you will find here but a full blown live recording of what could easily be put on the same level as some Stanley Turrentine recordings from his classic Blue Note years is a rare find.
This quintet is tighter than tight with Dr. James Polk on B3, Jake Langley on guitar, Scott Laningham on drums, and Daniel Durham on bass. Live at the Gallery was captured over two nights at the legendary Continental Club Gallary in Austin, Texas. The tunes you know include, "Watermelon Man" along with "Song For My Father" and "In A Sentimental Mood." The atmosphere is electric, the blues is smoking and Elias Haslanger quickly jumps to the top of an overly crowded heap of tenor players with that fat nasty sound some players have been searching their entire career for only to roll the proverbial doughnut.
If you dig that smoke filled room, last call sound that you thought may have been placed in the jazz witness protection program then I bring you tidings of great joy!
Tracks: One For Daddy O; Watermelon Man; I Thought About You; Goin' Down; Song For My Father; Misty; Adam's Apple; In A Sentimental Mood.
Personnel: Elias Haslanger: Tenor Saxophone; Dr. James Folk: B3 Organ; Jake Langley: Guitar; Scott Laningham: Drums; Daniel Durham: Bass.
Special Thanks To Michael Bloom at Michael Bloom Media Relations.