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Rich Halley is a saxophonist and composer who has released more than a dozen critically acclaimed recordings. He performs in settings that range from solo to large groups and frequently with the Rich Halley 4 which includes Michael Vlatkovich on trombone, Clyde Reed on bass and Carson Halley on drums. Rich also leads the Outside Music Ensemble, a four horn two percussionist group that performs acoustically in outdoor settings. For over two decades, Rich was the leader of the Lizard Brothers, a sextet whose performances combined exploration and jazz tradition. He was the leader of Multnomah Rhythm Ensemble, a group that combined new jazz with multi-media. Rich has performed throughout the US, in Canada and in the Middle East

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Emanuele Passerini, Jon Irabagon, Sylvain Rifflet and The Warriors Of The Wonderful Sound

Read "Emanuele Passerini, Jon Irabagon, Sylvain Rifflet and The Warriors Of The Wonderful Sound" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Italian soprano saxophonist Emanuele Passerini says he does not consider himself a professional musician. He has a great job in the private sector, so he records only sporadically. Well, good thing he found the time to record Trio Geometrics with drummer Tiziano Tononi and bassist Tito Mangialajo Rantzer. It's a spectacular album, and a feature of ...

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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 ...

The Shape Of Things

Label: Pine Eagle Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Tetrahedron; Vector; Spaces Between; Oblique Angles; Lower Strata; The Curved Horizon.

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Tim Berne, Russ Lossing & Hot Heros and Iro Haarla

Read "Tim Berne, Russ Lossing & Hot Heros and Iro Haarla" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

New albums from saxophonists Tim Berne and Sabir Mateen, from guitarists Alex Ward and Dave Gisler with Jaimie Branch, Finland's Hot Heros joined by pianist Iro Haarla, and pianist Russ Lossing fronting a quartet this time. Top it off with Louis Moholo Moholo's Five Blokes live in London, add a whole bunch more great stuff including ...

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Rich Halley: The Shape Of Things

Read "The Shape Of Things" reviewed by Troy Dostert

One thing is certain when approaching a Rich Halley recording: it's likely that you will hear the history of the saxophone in his playing. He's as capable of filling the room with fractured sound as he is in gently ruminating over a haunting phrase, and bop licks are as common as noisy abstraction on his albums; ...

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Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Troy Dostert

2020 will be remembered as a year of resilience. And surely a part of that story will be the fortitude displayed by musicians of all stripes, who have endeavored creatively to manage the challenges of a hollowed-out economy and a global pandemic with innovative business platforms and novel approaches to recording and content delivery. The jazz ...

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Rich Halley, Matthew Shipp, Michael Bisio, Newman Taylor Baker: The Shape Of Things

Read "The Shape Of Things" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 2019, with almost two-dozen albums as a leader, Rich Halley broke his twenty-year streak of recording without a pianist as part of his various formations. It was Matthew Shipp who altered the saxophonist's course on Terra Incognita (Pine Eagle Records) which featured Shipp's trio with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Newman Taylor Baker. That successful ...

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Rich Halley: The Shape Of Things

Read "The Shape Of Things" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Nobody rips it up like Portland, Oregon-based tenor saxophonist Rich Halley. Whether he is playing with his West Coast crews on sets like The Literature (Pine Eagle Records, 2018) or The Outlier (Pine Eagle Records, 2016), or recording with his New York City compatriots on Terra Incognita (Pine Eagle Record, 2019). And now we have--with, again, ...

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Ben Monder, Sandy Evans, Andrea Keller, Ralph Alessi & Rich Halley

Read "Ben Monder, Sandy Evans, Andrea Keller, Ralph Alessi & Rich Halley" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Monash University in jny: Melbourne, Australia is the home of the Sir Zelman Cowen School Of Music. It's an excellent program that believes in challenging the students. One of the ways it does that is to bring in internationally recognized artists to perform and work directly with the students. This episode presents some of those Monash ...


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