The new Rich Halley 4 CD is now available on Pine Eagle Records! “Crossing the Passes” presents eleven new original
compositions performed with imagination and fire by the Rich Halley 4. This recording features compositions written
in 2012, and is thematically 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 demonstrates with verve and passion their creative
approach to compositional group improvisation.
"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
“The stylistic variety of Halley's work, from his free-bopping tenor-bass-drums power trios of the early 2000s to the more
elaborately scored Charles Mingus-meets-Sun Ra little big band projects he headed in the 1980s, is as deep as it is broad. The only constants are
their consistent musical excellence and the sort of artistic energy that comes from intense curiosity. Halley's current band, a quartet featuring
indefatigable trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, leavens the freewheeling intuitive approach of his more recent trio work with the more tightly focused and
compositionally oriented aspects of his earlier material… A truly engaging listen.”
- -Dave Wayne, All About Jazz
"There is a vibrancy of spirit to this recording. Halley and his highly formidable 4tet place themselves out front
proudly wearing their musical hearts on their sleeves. Halley's musical voice on tenor comes from a deep and bold sonic color palette.
While others that play a similar style are content to wail, Halley digs deep into the dark recesses of a lyrical soul giving his compositions
a three dimensional sonic depth of field while remaining accessible... 5 Stars!"
- -Brent Black, Critical Jazz
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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