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With their creative ideas flowing naturally, these three musicians open the windows and doors to cast relaxed impressions. The intensity tucked inside their performance ensures, however, that no part of their program becomes too relaxed. A vibrant quality pervades the session, giving life blood throughout.
Saxophonist Rich Halley communicates with a whispered tone that moans softly like the wind one moment and roars violently like falling rocks the next. The key is spontaneity. He steers his trio through adventures the same way a trailblazer would lead his party over unsettled terrain. Directions change often, and the three veteran artists converse cohesively through a wide array of impressions.
"Mountains and Plains" features Halley's tenor in a swinging romp that gathers no moss. Up-tempo one moment and spiraling the next, his composed piece lets the trio express changing landscapes. Clyde Reed's rapid-fire bass lines push the motion, while Dave Storrs' swirling textures color the trio's interpretation with hues that fill the sky. Together, they rock and they forge their way through an adventurous landscape.
"Three Way Shapes" is a collaborative improvisation that features Halley's soprano. Through this piece and three others, the trio reinvents itself. The artists' three-way conversations light the fires that seduce. "Winter Sky" closes the session with walking bass, ride cymbal, and a serious tenor saxophone look at the way jazz should move you. Halley creates a mood fit for the long winter haul ahead, storing enough great jazz into one small package to last for the duration.
Track Listing: Problematic; Long Valley; The Rub; Before Dawn; Three Way Shapes; Mountains and Plains; Intermountain Rhumba; Distant Peaks; Winter Sky.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com