215

Dan Raphael / Rich Halley / Carson Halley: Children Of The Blue Supermarket

Bruce Lindsay By

Sign in to view read count
Dan Raphael / Rich Halley / Carson Halley: Children Of The Blue Supermarket There have been times when jazz and the spoken word appeared inseparable. Brief times, but times when the combination was a powerful artistic and (counter) cultural force. Children Of The Blue Supermarket brings those times back, a reminder of how effective a partnership the jazz musician and the poet can create. Maybe it's the new thing.

The musicians: experienced saxophonist Rich Halley and his percussionist son, Carson; and poet Dan Raphael, who's been writing and performing poetry since the late '60s. The interplay between Raphael's voice and the Halleys' improvised music is fascinating, emotional, funny, thought-provoking and entertaining. The performances, from the 2008 and 2009 Penofin Jazz Festivals, have a genuine spontaneity, with all three men seemingly enjoying their time on stage as they respond to each others' artistry.

Rich Halley weaves his tenor saxophone in and out of the spaces left by Raphael's voice. Carson is more likely to keep his percussion work flowing, building fluid washes of sound that ensure the momentum of each piece is maintained. The wonderful "Kleenex and Ziplocs" shows them both at their most inventive. When Raphael takes a break the father and son team duet to excellent effect—their playing on the opening bars of "First Car I See Tonight" is hard-hitting and positive, on the closing section of "Children of the Blue Supermarket" it's got a funky edge to it.

Raphael has an emphatic vocal delivery: the words count and he makes sure they are heard. His style suggests a love for the sound of words as much as for their meaning. It's a point of similarity with Captain Beefheart; as is the way Raphael says "This highway has no neck to screw my face onto" on "First Car I See Tonight." At times he sounds breathless—most obviously on "Breath Test"—at times he's moved to anger, but mostly he seems by turns a little puzzled and disappointed by the world. These are fairly common responses to the confusion of contemporary life but Raphael's wordplay gives them an uncommon voice.

Poetry and jazz, the new thing? Children Of The Blue Supermarket is an adventure in words and music—the new thing, indeed.

Track Listing: First Car I See Tonight; Breath Test; Sudden Memory; & Now A Word From Your Atmosphere; Children of the Blue Supermarket; The Cherry Tree At The Top Of The Stairs; Bent; Kleenex and Ziplocs; NATO Report.

Personnel: Dan Raphael: poetry; Rich Halley: tenor saxophone, percussion; Carson Halley: drums, percussion.

Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Pine Eagle Records


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read Nightfall CD/LP/Track Review Nightfall
by John Kelman
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Pekka CD/LP/Track Review Pekka
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2017
Read In the Still of the Night CD/LP/Track Review In the Still of the Night
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Zea CD/LP/Track Review Zea
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Asian Fields Variations CD/LP/Track Review Asian Fields Variations
by John Kelman
Published: May 21, 2017
Read Left Right Left CD/LP/Track Review Left Right Left
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 21, 2017
Read "Goin' Your Way" CD/LP/Track Review Goin' Your Way
by Doug Collette
Published: November 6, 2016
Read "Astoria Roots Live" CD/LP/Track Review Astoria Roots Live
by James Nadal
Published: May 17, 2017
Read "Serenity Knolls" CD/LP/Track Review Serenity Knolls
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 14, 2017
Read "3's a Crowd" CD/LP/Track Review 3's a Crowd
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 21, 2017
Read "Early Americans" CD/LP/Track Review Early Americans
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: May 30, 2016
Read "Free for One" CD/LP/Track Review Free for One
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 31, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, and provide read access to our future articles.