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Article: Radio & Podcasts

From Charles Lloyd & Eric Dolphy to Rich Halley & Kevin Sun

Read "From Charles Lloyd & Eric Dolphy to Rich Halley & Kevin Sun" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This program features music by old masters like Charles Lloyd, Eric Dolphy and Dave Brubeck as well as more contemporary musicians like Cory Weeds, Rich Halley and Kevin Sun. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Catching Up With 2021 Releases

Read "Catching Up With 2021 Releases" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Despite another year of pandemic-related restrictions and limited live jazz performances, there was still the usual flood of new jazz recordings in 2021. Here are a few of the overlooked gems from the past few months that deserve some recognition. Joe Fielder's Open Sesame Fuzzy and Blue Multiphonics Music 2021 ...

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Article: Album Review

Rich Halley: Boomslang

Read "Boomslang" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Jazz has, to some extent, always been about making connections and pointing out interrelations. Ever since Buddy Bolden blew his cornet in New Orleans around the start of the twentieth century, listeners have been playing connect the dots, linking Bolden's innovations to King Oliver and Oliver's to Louis Armstrong, likewise Buck Clayton to Dizzy Gillespie and ...

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Article: Album Review

Halley-Clucas-Reed-Halley: Boomslang

Read "Boomslang" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Rich Halley has a thing about snakes. Those on the receiving end of a postal delivery from the Portland, Oregon-based saxophonist are likely to find a serpent coiled in the upper right hand corner of the envelope--a stamp featuring scarlet king snake, perhaps. Or maybe some sort of pit viper. And speaking of pit vipers, Halley ...

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Article: Album Review

Rich Halley: The Shape Of Things

Read "The Shape Of Things" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Accomplished saxophonist Rich Halley has an easily recognizable style which is marked with his brassy, rough-hewn tone, innovative ideas and simmering passion. After starting his own Pine Eagle label, in 2010, Halley added eleven stimulating albums to his discography, featuring bassist Clyde Reed and his son, drummer Carson Halley. In 2019 Halley started fronting the equally ...

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Article: Album Review

Rich Halley: Terra Incognita

Read "Terra Incognita" reviewed by Troy Dostert


In a musical career that stretches back to the 1980s, tenor saxophonist Rich Halley has stoutly maintained his independent path in creating jazz that is inspired by the freedom of the '60s avant-garde but which also draws liberally from the language of bop. You can hear both Albert Ayler and Sonny Rollins in his playing. But ...

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Article: Album Review

Rich Halley with Matthew Shipp, Michael Bisio and Newman Taylor Baker: Terra Incognita

Read "Terra Incognita" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Rich Halley's leader debut Multnomah Rhythms (Avocet, 1983) featured a large ensemble, a formation that the saxophonist favored for the better part of two decades. When he pared back personnel, he was equally committed to his quartet, recording six albums with trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, bassist Clyde Reed and son, Carson Halley on drums. The Outlier (Pine ...

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Article: Album Review

Rich Halley 3: The Literature

Read "The Literature" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Before now saxophonist Rich Halley has chosen only to play original music on all his recordings as a leader. Now, on his twenty-first disc, he changes up and goes back to what he calls “the literature," the music and musicians that influenced his career path. Most of what he covers here is by iconic jazz figures ...

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Article: Album Review

Rich Halley 3: The Literature

Read "The Literature" reviewed by Jim Trageser


Tenor saxophonist Rich Halley decided, according to the liner notes, to make his twenty-first recording an all-covers collection. The title of the recording, he writes, comes from his thought that if “literature" connotes a body of work in classical music, then why not in jazz as well--and so he's collected a dozen of the songs that ...


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