Saxophonist/composer Rich Halley releases The Outlier
New CD on Pine Eagle Records featuring multi-reed player Vinny Golia, trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, bassist Clyde Reed and drummer Carson Halley
The Outlier is the new recording by the Rich Halley 5 and features a mix of new original compositions by Rich Halley and free improvisations by the group. The addition of Vinny Golia's baritone sax and bass clarinet to the front line creates new colors, textures and harmonic possibilities which energize the music. The Outlier combines roots, exploration and real emotion in an engaging and powerful statement.
Rich Halley has released nineteen recordings as a leader. The Outlier follows the Rich Halley 4's earlier Eleven, Creating Structure, The Wisdom of Rocks, Crossing the Passes, Back from Beyond and Requiem for a Pit Viper, all critically acclaimed.
"Creating StructureŠdemonstrates the almost telepathic bond between these musicians, five albums (and counting) into their collective journey." -Phil Freeman, The New York City Jazz Record
"With the captivating "Eleven" Halley hits a high point in his otherwise superlative career. He and his 4, with their original and masterful explorations, keep the innovative spirit of the free jazz movement alive." - Hrayr Attarian, Jazz Times
"Halley has a big, full-throated sound that may recall prime Sonny Rollins." -Kevin Whitehead, Fresh Air, National Public Radio
"One of the best working quartets in jazz today." -Robert Ianapollo, Cadence