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Rich Halley

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Rich Halley

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....
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”As we enter the second decade of the 21st Century, Rich Halley has flourished into one of the world's very finest jazz tenor saxophonists... His cavernous tenor sound and impassioned soloing long ago stepped outside of these, and numerous other primal influences and can only be compared, as a point of reference, to that of players such as Don Byas, David S. Ware, David Murray, Coleman Hawkins, and George Adams.” -Dave Wayne, jazzreview.com

“Freewheeling and satisfying.” -Eric Fine, DownBeat

“No saxophonist out there is playing with more fire, muscle, sheer guts or wild abandon than Halley. But as out there as he can get, there's always a boppish discipline, a thread of containment” -Dan McClenaghan, allaboutjazz

“Halley triangulates the sprawling tenor tradition and the compositional trajectory begun by Ornette Coleman, a heady proposition... This mark of maturity is also abundantly clear on his solos on “Gray Stones/Shards of Sky” and “The River’s Edge is Ice,” where he effortlessly blends tinges of Hawk and Newk with avantish exhortations... what Halley offers with “Live at the Penofin Jazz Festival”...is perhaps one of the more profound statements that can be made in these times.” -Bill Shoemaker, pointofdeparture.org

“Chronicles a fiery, upbeat performance that combines composed and improvised music in an interesting and enjoyable set of tunes... Halley is superb throughout; confident, tight and fluid, whether trading lead lines with Bradford or creating his own dynamic solos.” -Bruce Lindsay, allaboutjazz.com

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