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Rich Halley 4: Eleven

Read "Eleven" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Ci troviamo oggi a occuparci del terzo album del quartetto di Rich Halley, uno all'anno, per cui, dopo Crossing the Passes e The Wisdom of Rocks, usciti rispettivamente nel 2013 e nel 2014, ecco questo Eleven (tanti sono i brani che lo compongono), edito a fine 2015 (e quindi preceduto, in ciò, da Creating Structure) seppure ...

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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 ...

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Rich Halley 4: Eleven

Read "Eleven" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Rich Halley and Michael Vlatkovich have been on a real hot streak as of late. Halley, who also runs the Pine Eagle record label, continues to maintain a number a groups. Besides the quartet featured on Eleven, he has a new quartet with the excellent LA-based trumpeter Dan Clucas, and continues to work with the legendary ...

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Rich Halley 4: Eleven

Read "Eleven" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Rich Halley exploded out of a five year recording hiatus in 2010 with Live at Penofin Jazz Festival, a growling, high energy, in-front-of-the-crowd mad man rant that featured trumpeter Bobby Bradford in the front line of a wild and often raucous chordless quartet. Five years off or not, there was a history there--a bunch of ...

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Rich Halley 4: Eleven

Read "Eleven" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Saxophonist Rich Halley again leads his empathetic quartet through eleven new compositions on this thoroughly engaging session. It's the sixth album by the group (Halley on tenor saxophone, trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, bassist Clyde Reed and drummer Carson Halley) and they display a remarkable chemistry throughout. Halley provides very distinctive compositions as starting points--he gives a brief ...

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Rich Halley 4: Creating Structure

Read "Creating Structure" reviewed by Budd Kopman

While hiding in the great Northwest (specifically Portland, Oregon), saxophonist Rich Halley has built an impressive body of work of composition and performance in many different settings. Creating Structure is the latest from his quartet, the Rich Halley 4 whose previously releases are The Wisdom Of Rocks, Crossing The Passes, Back From Beyond and Requiem for ...

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Rich Halley 4: Creating Structure

Read "Creating Structure" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The totally improvised Creating Structure is saxophonist Rich Halley's fifth release with his regular working quartet in as many years. With this exquisite album Halley achieves a new level of musical excellence as he perfects his signature sound of raw sophistication and his unique, simultaneously emotive and cerebral style.

On the dramatic and free ...

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Rich Halley 4: Creating Structure

Read "Creating Structure" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Rich Halley, home-based in Portland, Oregon, has put out seventeen CDs. A good handful of those, pre-2006, were released on the now-dormant Louie Records. These were mostly chordless trio and quartet affairs that showcased Halley's talent for creating category four maelstroms that gelled and bopped their way into surprisingly catchy, damned near mainstream grooves.

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Rich Halley 4: The Wisdom of Rocks

Read "The Wisdom of Rocks" reviewed by John Sharpe

Portland-based saxophonist Rich Halley mines a rich seam, despite plying his wares away from the limelight. Halley has been fortunate to overcome the plight of anyone working outside the main centers of jazz activity by finding a coterie of like-minded talents to sympathetically explore his inside/outside conundrums. As a result his discography contains a stream of ...

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Rich Halley 4: The Wisdom of Rocks

Read "The Wisdom of Rocks" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Nuovo capitolo della saga di Rich Halley e del suo ormai più che collaudato quartetto, un anno dopo l'apprezzato Crossing the Passes, di cui questo The Wisdom of Rocks riproduce la solidità, la corporeità di tratto, l'invidiabile interscambio tra i fiati (e del resto fra tutti i membri dell'ensemble).

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