The new Rich Halley 4 CD “Crossing the Passes” has been getting great reviews including 4 Stars in Downbeat and a feature by Kevin Whitehead on
NPR's Fresh Air. The recording features compositions written in 2012, and is metaphorically based around Rich and Carson Halley’s trek across the
Wallowa Mountains from north to south in the summer of that year. On this CD, the Rich Halley 4 once again demonstrate with verve and passion
their creative approach to compositional group improvisation.
"Crossing The Passes is a superlative disc and a high point in Halley's uniformly splendid career. It is sophisticated and
provocative, erudite and brash, melodic and unconstrained. In brief, it is what exquisite art should be and what Halley and his bands always strive
- -Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz
"Oregon-based saxophonist Rich Halley has been turning out smart, brawny music for a couple of decades…This is a
group that deserves to be more than a regional treasure...4 Stars."
- -James Hale, DownBeat
"There is a composer aesthetic going on -- even in the four group improvisations that grace this disc -- the sense of interplay seems grounded in a
shared history. Crossing The Passes represents the finest possible honed-edge in post Ornette Coleman Quartet dynamics -- adventurous, musical and swinging."
- -Robert Bush, San Diego Reader
“Heartland American jazz of the very highest order”
- -Brian Morton, Point of Departure
The 2013 Penofin Jazz Festival is on Saturday and Sunday May 18-19 in Potter Valley, California. This is the 20th annnversary!
Saturday, May 18
1:30 - Dan Raphael (poet) with Rich Halley (tenor) and Carson Halley (drums)
2:05 - Rich Halley Quintet with Rich (tenor sax), Bobby Bradford (cornet), Michael Vlatkovich (Trombone), Clyde Reed (bass) and Carson Halley (drums)
3:30 - William Parker Quartet with Rob Brown (alto), Lewis Barnes (trumpet), William (bass) and Hamid Drake (drums)
5:00 - Mike Reed's People, Places and Things with Greg Ward (alto), Tim Haldeman (tenor), Jason Roebke (bass) and Mike (drums)
Sunday, May 19
1:30 - Laura Winter (poet) with Rich Halley (tenor), Clyde Reed (bass) and Carson Halley (drums)
2:05 - Vinny Golia Quintet with Vinny (reeds), Michael Vlatkovich (Trombone), Wayne Peet (keyboard), Ken Filiano (bass) and Alex Cline (drums)
3:30 - Rich Halley Freedom Tradition Quartet with Rich (tenor), Bobby Bradford (cornet), Clyde Reed (bass) and Carson Halley (drums)
5:00 - Jeff Parker Trio with Jeff (guitar), Chris Lopes (bass) and Chad Taylor (drums)
The 2013 Music for Powell Butte Concert is cancelled due to construction work at Powell Butte Nature Park.
The Outside Music Ensemble
Rich Halley - tenor & soprano saxophone, wood flute
Michael Vlatkovich - trombone
Jim Knodle - trumpet
Troy Grugett - alto and baritone saxophone, percussion
Dave Storrs - percussion
Carson Halley - percussion
Outside Ensemble |
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