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Rich Halley Quartet: Requiem for a Pit Viper

Read "Requiem for a Pit Viper" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Con Requiem for a Pit Viper il tenorista Rich Halley fa debuttare un quartetto inedito, anche se composto da due suoi sidemen più fidati, Michael Vlatkovich al trombone e Clyde Reed al basso. A completare la formazione Carson Halley, figlio di Rich, alla batteria. Si tratta di un'opera con i piedi ben piantati nella cultura afroamericana, ...


Rich Halley Quartet: Requiem for a Pit Viper

Read "Requiem for a Pit Viper" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

It must be difficult for saxophonist Rich Halley to find a collaborative horn man who can keep up with him, who can match his free jazz ferocity and full-throttle momentum. Difficult, but not impossible. In the midst of three fine trio efforts for Louie Records, he offered up one quartet outing in which the saxophonist teamed ...


Rich Halley Quartet: Requiem For A Pit Viper

Read "Requiem For A Pit Viper" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Requiem For A Pit Viper opens up with a powerful, in-your-face, four-note riff that demands attention. The Rich Halley Quartet keeps demanding--and deserving--this attention throughout this collection of the tenor saxophonist's original compositions, as it delivers a constantly surprising and inventive music that ranges from a scream to a whisper--with a few squeaks thrown in. The ...

Live at the Penofin Jazz Festival

Label: Pine Eagle Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: The Blue Rims; Street Below; Grey Stones/Shards of Sky; The River's Edge is Ice


Rich Halley Quartet: Live at the Penofin Jazz Festival

Read "Live at the Penofin Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Like the very best of them, every time Rich Halley puts his horn in his mouth it's a celebration of the sound of the saxophone. His powerhouse blowing capacity and testosterone-soaked sound hearken to the great Sonny Rollins and the late Dewey Redman. His ensemble approach featuring two horns--cornet and saxophone, supported by bass and drums ...


Rich Halley Quartet: The Blue Rims

Read "The Blue Rims" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

On “The River's Edge Is Ice," the opener on the Rich Halley Quartet's latest, The Blue Rims, the band sounds like a force of nature, like a gathering low pressure system that coalesces into a storm front, building to a ferocious gale of logical bopping that eventually breaks into inevitable dissipation. The Blue Rims ...


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