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Rich Halley Quartet: Requiem For a Pit Viper

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A free rider from the Left Coast, tenor saxophonist-composer Rich Halley is a powerful player with one foot in the Coleman Hawkins-Don Byas camp and the other confidently striding into the edgier realms of such ferocious players as David S. Ware and, at his most intense, Peter Brötzmann or Albert Ayler. He joins similarly free-spirited trombonist Michael Vlatkovich on the frontline here, while Halley’s son Carson supplies a punk-jazz aesthetic on the drum kit and Clyde Reed pedals insistently and creatively underneath on bass.

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