Randy Halberstadt

Open Heart

Origin 82763

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Halberstadt's playing is always beautiful and poetic. Someone once said that great art never looks like great art...this describes Randy's music perfectly.
JIGGS WHIGHAM

For pianist Randy Halberstadtʼs fifth album, he penned a set of compelling originals along with arranging several classics by Gershwin, Mancini, and even Chopin, orchestrated for an assortment of ensembles from trio to septet. Surrounding himself with some of the most respected members of the Northwest jazz scene, their long history together is apparent with their mutual admiration shining through in the music. A popular pianist, leader and sideman for decades, Halberstadt was also a key faculty member at the Cornish College of the Arts for over 40 years, a composer, author, and a featured soloist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.


Track Listing:

1. Clandestine
2. Still Her
3. Song for Sulieman
4. Nocturne in Bb Minor, Opus 9, #1
5. The Man I Love
6. Open Heart
7. Due North
8. Dreamsville
9. Wizzy Wig

Performers:

Randy Halberstadt - piano
Chuck Deardorf - bass
Adam Kessler - drums
Ben Thomas - vibes
Jay Thomas - trumpet, flugelhorn, soprano sax
Mark Taylor - alto sax
David Marriott, Jr. - trombone

Production Info:

Produced by Randy Halberstadt
Recorded & mixed by Reed Ruddy at Studio X, Seattle, WA
March 12-13, 2018
Mastered by Ross Nyberg at Nyberg Mastering, Issaquah, WA
Photography by Steve Korn
Cover design and layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Open Heart

All About Jazz (Paul Rauch)
4-STARS Seattle based pianist Randy Halberstadt has been a major figure on the jazz scene in the Pacific Northwest for several decades, applying his talents as a pianist, composer, educator, and author. He has four previous releases as a leader, most recently with Flash Point (Origin, 2010). So yes, it has been some time since we last heard from t ...

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