|#||Release title||Total tracks||Type of release is||Imprint date||Label|
|2||Bird At St. Nick's - Volume 1||4||Audio||1957||Debut Records (3)|
|3||Bird At St. Nick's - Volume 2||4||Audio||1957||Debut Records (3)|
|4||Jazz - Will'O The Wisp||13||Audio||1972||Xtra|
|5||Trio And Quintet!||12||Audio||1974|
|7||Special Brew||8||Audio||1976||Spotlite Records|
|8||The Al Haig Trio Esoteric||13||Audio||1991||Fresh Sound Records|
|9||Al Haig Meets The Master Saxes Volume Two||17||Audio||1978||Spotlite Jazz|
|11||Expressly Ellington||8||Audio||1979||Spotlite Records|
|12||Live In Hollywood||7||Audio||1985||Xanadu Records|
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 [a=Dizzy Gillespie] and [a=Charlie Parker] in 1945 , and performed and recorded under Gillespie from 1945 to 1946, as a member of [a=Eddie Davis And His Beboppers] in 1946 (also featuring [a=Fats Navarro]), and [a=Eddie Davis And His Quintet] in 1947, under Parker from 1948 to 1950, and under [a=Stan Getz] from 1949 to 1951. The Gillespie quintet, which included Haig, recorded four 78 r.p.m. sides for [l=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 [a=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 [a=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 [a=Tony Williams (13)], owner of [l=Spotlite Records] in the UK. At the end of a very successful tour he recorded the 'Invitation' album for Spotlite, with [a=Gilbert Rovère], on bass and [a=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