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Meet Mark Weber

Read "Meet Mark Weber" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Almost every aspect of Mark Weber's life ends up intersecting with jazz; he just might be the original Renaissance jazz fan. A former wedding photographer, he found himself photographing nearly every jazz musician to pass through Los Angeles and Albuquerque in the past several decades and, without planning to, ended up writing for CODA, deejaying a ...

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Michael Vlatkovich: Mortality & Myrnofant's Kiss

Read "Michael Vlatkovich: Mortality & Myrnofant's Kiss" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Michael Vlatkovich è un trombonista e compositore di St. Louis attivo dal 1973 a Los Angeles, parte di quella nicchia sperimentale presente dagli anni cinquanta nella West Coast. È membro regolare del Vinny Golia Large Ensemble e del Rob Blakeslee Quartet ma collabora anche con artisti di varie tendenze espressive: Bobby Bradford e Gerry Hemingway ma ...

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Rich Halley/Carson Halley: The Wild

Read "The Wild" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Rich Halley, home-based in Portland, Oregon, is a relentless creator of fine and oftimes fiery free jazz, averaging, since 2010, about two CD releases per year, including Creating Structure (2015); Eleven (2016); and Outlier, (2016), all on his Pine Eagle Records label. These were quartet outings, featuring like-minded free-jazzers--trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, bass man Clyde Reed ...

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Michael Vlatkovich: Mortality

Read "Mortality" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Esteemed West Coast trombonist Michael Vlatkovich's second release with the large ensemble outfit Ensemblio, features a cast of largely, So. California artists including tuba performer Bill Roper and keyboardist Wayne Peet, who is also credited with the engineering duties on this pristinely recorded studio set. Nonetheless, Vlatkovich tosses more than just a few curveballs into the ...

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Piano & More: Rich Halley 5, Casey Golden Trio, Jeff Denson Quartet, Fred Hersch Trio, Peter Erskine Trio, & Sirius Quartet

Read "Piano & More: Rich Halley 5, Casey Golden Trio, Jeff Denson Quartet, Fred Hersch Trio, Peter Erskine Trio, & Sirius Quartet" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

An assortment of striking jazz/improvisation recordings. Three of them are piano trios--each with their own unique character--but two of them have no piano, or any other harmonic instrument.

Rich Halley 5
The Outlier
Pine Eagle Records
2016

Tenor saxophonist Rich Halley's longstanding quartet with trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, ...

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Rich Halley 5: The Outlier

Read "The Outlier" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The Outlier feels like the third part of a triptych which started with Creating Structure, followed by Eleven.

The former recording demonstrated how structure can be created during improvisation, while the latter how more- or-less composed music with structure can be the foundational basis for improvisation. The record at hand mixes the two concepts ...

Rich Halley 5: The Outlier

Read "The Outlier" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Veteran Oregon saxophonist Rich Halley has assembled here a CD that combines the volcanic force of the 60's avant-garde with a modern fealty to rhythm.

On these ten tracks Halley and fellow Pacific Coast veterans, saxophonist Vinny Golia and trombonist Michael Vlatkovich storm and rumble wildly while bassist Clyde Reed and drummer Carson Halley ...

Rich Halley 5: The Outlier

Read "The Outlier" reviewed by Mark Corroto

After a string of impressive quartet recordings, saxophonist Rich Halley adds multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia to the lineup for The Outlier. The band is the Rich Halley 5, not the Rich Halley 4 + 1. There is an important distinction here. This session gives the impression of a functioning quintet, not just a guest appearance.

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John Blevins: Matterhorn

Read "Matterhorn" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Back in the 1960s, when the music now commonly known as fusion was called “jazz-rock," the earliest bands to get plastered with said label were essentially funk and rock rhythm sections--guitar, bass, keys and drums, plus or minus congas--with a lead singer and a jazzy horn section tacked on. Think Blood Sweat and Tears, or Tower ...

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Rich Halley 4: Eleven

Read "Eleven" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Following up on his wonderful previous release, Creating Structure, the Rich Halley quartet (Halley on tenor, trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, bassist Clyde Reed and drummer Carson Halley) strikes again with Eleven, tearing through eleven Halley compositions.

The organizing factor of the previous album was how structure can arise and be perceived in music that is ...