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Halley, Rich Quartet / Requiem For A Pit Viper
Album:Requiem For A Pit Viper Collection:Jazz
Artist:Halley, Rich Quartet Added:Oct 2011
Label:Pine Eagle Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-10-16 Pull Date:2011-12-18 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Dec 18Dec 11Dec 4Nov 20Nov 13Nov 6Oct 30Oct 23

 Recent Airplay
1.Dec 13, 2011:Rebop
4.Nov 29, 2011:Rebop
Wake Up Line
2.Dec 10, 2011:Music Casserole
Snippet Stop Warp
5.Nov 15, 2011:Rebop
Subterranean Strut
3.Dec 02, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum
6.Nov 13, 2011:Everything.
Purple And Gray

Album Review
Reviewed 2011-10-16 
RICH HALLEY QUARTET: Requiem for a Pit Viper
Pine Eagle, 2011

AVANT-BOP – This freewheeling set blends out-jazz ideas and energy with some solid bop-derived playing, recalling 1960s experimentation but still sounding fresh. Halley’s huge tenor sax tone and Michael Vlatkovich’s braying trombone get into lively sparring over knotty bass work and jittery, bashing drums. Sour stuff, but pleasingly so.

Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 4, 6, 9

1. 7:37 – striding/stomping theme, lumpy group improv and good speedy solos
2. 9:43 – oddball tick-tock rhythm & big thumping breaks, solos are wrung out
3. 3:30 – fast and furious horns blaze the trail, only to fall into a slow mope
4. 7:37 – postbop bounce: tight theme, meandering solos over oblique bass
5. 1:42 – horns prod and needle at each other ceaselessly
6. 5:45 – slouching feel: sax & trombone each take a soliloquy over calm bass
7. 7:57 – goofy pseudo-bop: unsteady trombone walk, busy bass, sax stagger
8. 3:46 – a soulful feel: cool laid-back beat, nice sax, listen for squeak toys!
9. 8:50 – relaxed groove: sax stretches out, trombone growls, drums heat up
10. 3:24 – upbeat but lopsided groove, a bit of tropical flavor

[ Fo ] - October 2011

Track Listing
1.Requiem For A Pit Viper 6.Maj
2.Snippet Stop Warp 7.Wake Up Line
3.View From The Underpass 8.Squeaker
4.Circumambulation 9.Subterranean Strut
5.Purple And Gray 10.Afternoon In June