Rich Halley

The new Rich Halley 4 CD “The Wisdom of Rocks” is now out on Pine Eagle Records. This recording features new pieces written in 2013 plus some on-the-spot improvisations that showcase the band’s original approach combining freedom, feeling and traditional elements into a seamless whole.

"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 to deliver."
-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 2014 Penofin Jazz Festival is on Saturday May 10 in Potter Valley, California. This is the 21st annual event.

Saturday, May 10

1:00 - Tom McNalley Trio with Tom (guitar), Jarrad Landar (bass) and Matt Baker (drums)
2:00 - Rich Halley 5 with Rich (tenor sax), Bobby Bradford (cornet), Michael Vlatkovich (Trombone), Clyde Reed (bass) and Carson Halley (drums)
3:30 - Steve Lehman Trio with Steve (alto), Matt Brewer (bass) and Damion Reid (drums)
5:00 - Wheelhouse with Dave Rempis (saxophones), Jason Adasiewiscz (vibes) and Nate McBride (bass)

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