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Richard Hallebeek Project

by Richard Hallebeek Project

Advanced jazz rock fusion by Dutch guitar monster, Richard Hallebeek, with Lale Larson (keys) and Bas Conelissen (drums), and featuring Shawn Lane (guitar) & Brett Garsed (guitar).
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Prescription Strength
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2. Lined Out
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3. Canoga Park
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4. Good Food
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5. Free
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6. Axe
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7. Enigma
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This project brings together a group of exciting jazz rock musicians playing genuine compositions with intense improvisations. No endless, un-coordinated numbers. No boring, "heard-it-all-before" songwriting. Just the very best in high energy, progressive and moreover, complex music.

Richard Hallebeek is probably best known for his 1995 album, Generator, released on Mark Varney's Legato label. Jamming along at the tender age of 23 with guitar legends Carl Verheyen, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Scott Kinsey and Dan Gilbert he wrote the majority of the album's tunes, proving he was a voice to be reckoned with. Richard has studied jazz and improvisation at the Amsterdam Conservatory; he also studied for a year at the GIT in L.A. with Brett Garsed.

Lale Larson (keys) has worked closely with highly respected guitarist, Todd Duane (with whom he appeared on Mark Varney's compilation CD Guitar on the Edge as the only keyboard soloist). Between 1996-99 Lale composed and recorded The Seven Deadly Sins, a highly original concert in seven movements which contains everything from acoustic piano and jazz to thrash metal. Around the same time he also wrote several piano pieces, two of which were performed by pianist Joakim Olsson on 17/5/96 at the Royal Conservatory in Copenhagen.

Sebastiaan Cornelissen started playing drums when he was just 5 years old. At the age of 17, he began his studies at The Conservatory of Amsterdam. During that time he formed jazz/fusion group, Isotope, along with teacher and well-known Dutch piano virtuoso, Rob van Bavel. They have since released 2 albums: Isotope and Perception of the Beholder (Munich records). Besides Isotope, Sebastiaan also performs with his quartet featuring Leonardo Amuedo, and a very exciting project with highly respected guitarist Eef Albers.

And if the above players aren't exciting enough, read on. The CD includes none other than legendary guitar virtuosos Shawn Lane and Brett Garsed.


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Mr J Westcott

6 stars. wow wow
wow what on wow. this album is out there man. creative yet different in it's way. but absolute musicianship. superb: joe uk

Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Richard Hallebeek Project - RHP
A Dutch Richard Hallebeek is fairly known in so-called guitar society. He graduated from Hilversum Conservatory and Musician's Institute (Los Angeles). So far he cooperated with the likes of Shawn Lane, Frank Gilbert, Carl Verheyen, and also with his teachers - Scott Henderson and Brett Garsed. He is strongly associated with a Finnish guitarist Antii Kotikoski as well. You can come across Richie's name in the booklets of Maximum Brain Disfunction's, The Flowriders', Isotope's and René Engel's releases. Moreover, he is a journalist of a Duch magazine - "Music Maker".

Richard invited to recording some famous stars like an Australian Brett Garsed and Shawn Lane. Brett played in AOR band called Nelson, but is most famous for his cooperation with T.J. Helmerich and their two CDs - "Quid Pro Quo" (1992) and "Exempt" (1994). However, Shawn Lane recorded a few solos on Mark Varney Project's "Centrifugal Funk" (1991). Obviously, you can as well hear Brett's parts on that compilation. Unfortunately, Shawn died in 2003 at the age of forty. It was after recording his solos for RHP a little while.

I'd call RHP a jazzy project, not only because of Hallebeek's and Lane's jazz education, but also thanks to rhythm section's parts made up of Udo Pannekeet (bass) and Sebastiaan Cornelissen (drums). We can find some instrumental similarities to Lale Larson's Ominox, but his presence and ideas in RHP couldn't have vanished without trace. I think that musicians sometimes make references to symphonic rock from the seventies ("Good Food"). RHP is a good proposal for devotees of Pat Metheny's and De Gladas Kapell's music. If you were looking for relaxing music that is best for losing in meditation and supporting in deceleration of daily life's mad pace, you are spot-on!

Guitar Techniques magazine, August 2004

If you're a fan of high-octane jazz-rock, you'll love this!

Andy Craven


The production is crystal clear and avoids sounding sterile as too many releases in this genre do. The addition of Shawn Lane (what was his last musical adventure) and Brett Garsed are sure to bring in a few fans that otherwise may not get to know of RHP, and they too will be satisfied with their artists contributions. There is a definite live vibe throughout yet each track posesses structure and avoid aimless meandering.

Highlights on jazz fusion albums are often hard to pick as its generally more "a sum of the parts", as opposed to "single entities". Yet Canoga Park stands out thanks to its mesmerising atmospheric depth and some sublime solos from Richard Hallebeek and Shawn Lane. Good Food has a nice almost 70's pomp prog vibe to it that again makes it worthy of its own mention.

Overall RHP is a very solid slice of jazz rock and I get the feeling this band will be killer in the live setting. Fans of jazz rock/fusion make sure you check this out!

MJ Brady


Any fan of great electric fusion should be online ordering this cd! As this cd represents a few important points of interests for the fusion scene. One, is the fact that guitar great Shawn Lane leaves one of his last studio efforts on this cd since is untimely passing. Another fact is that this cd is signifying a new upstart label LNR(Liquid Note Records), establishing themselves as a label that is dedicated to artist integrity, allowing musicians the freedom to express themselves in a very personal way, which is how most fusion fans prefer! A third fact is that this cd simply puts it out, full on, in your face jazz/rock at its very best. While many of the fusioneers are awaiting the next Elektric Band release, they would be making a huge mistake by missing out on this cd.

Mike Sandomirsky


Liquid Note Records has released another superb offering that breathes new life into the jazz fusion world. Another revolutionary statement in what is fast becoming a catalogue of the best fusion available anywhere. You really owe it to your self to purchase this CD – an absolute must have for serious music lovers.

Strutter 'Zine


This is a Dutch project lead by guitarist RICHARD HALLEBEEK. Musically it is filled with good instrumental Fusion/Jazz-Prog. Rock. The CD has been released on the UK label LIQUID NOTE RECORDS and contains 9 tracks. It’s a good quality CD and fans of this genre will definitely like this a lot, but I am afraid the CD will only appeal to a specific kind of music fans, so I can only recommend it to fans of instrumental experimental Fusion/Jazz/Prog.

Dmitry Epstein


Futuristic jazz in the old way, grab this with the velvet glove.

That's been a wrong process: fusion parting way with rock, but now old Mahavishnu John can be happy, as in Richard Hallebeek he has a successor, the one whose feel overshadows the obligatory mastery of an instrument. There are many sides to Rich's guitar, and he makes the words 'return to forever' take on another meaning from what springs to mind with music that his quartet play. Sprawling panorama of "Prescription Stregth" may be a calling card for the project that involves two guest six-stringers, Shawn Lane and Brett Garsed, alongside the core of Hallebeek, keyboardist Lale Larson, bassist Udo Pannekeet and drummer Bas Cornelissen, all demonstrating their verve of unhurried groove. The groove means all here, where concentrating on liquid melody changes isn't easy, yet following them is rewarding enough, and it's hard to not like Larson's airy "Good Food", smooth enough to work your jaws to, and then glade off blissfully with acoustic epic of "Enigma". There's no showing off, and though it'll make for library music for good, cutting the surface tension reveals a real pulse.