Rob Hall
Musician & Composer

Clarinettist & SAXOPHONIST


The latest releases by Rob Hall

Eighteen Easy Escapes for Piano (Spartan Press SP1367)
Original creations and arrangements for piano.

Grades 1-3

Roll up your sleeves, pack your passport and get ready to escape to a whole world of new musical adventures imaginatively crafted by Escapes-series composer Rob Hall!

Through twelve colourful originals and six refreshing new arrangements of classic folk songs from around the globe, it's not only music you'll learn along the way, but a host of insights and facts around the inspiration for each piece.

With origins and ideas from New Zealand to New Orleans, Finland to France - including a five-part Nordic Scenes suite thread through the programme - there is truly something for all improving players in this wide-ranging, progressive piano collection with its enticing repertoire and new techniques to explore.

Also available as a digital download.

"I'm a big fan of Rob Hall's music. His jazz style is open to other influences such as classical and folk and the blend is a potent one. His music is very well written for the piano." Steven Osborne (pianist)
Eleven More Escapes for Piano (Spartan Press SP1298)
PIANO SOLO Grade level: 3,4,5

Original creations for the contemporary pianist by Rob Hall.

Eleven More Escapes for Piano both follows, and preceeds, the Eight Escapes for Piano... it 'follows' as the second book to be published, but 'preceeds' in terms of the level Grades 3-5. The pieces are contemporary in nature adopting a wide range of stylistic colours and approaches from the playful opener Twitter Feed to the evocative closing ballad Patience. Once again there is an inherently international flavour. Visit North America in Elk Dance, the shores of Kerala, India in Shifting Sands, and the banks of the Rhein in Antje's Wood. The more abstract White Dwarf I & II contrast in their sparsity and subtle use of over-ringing harmonics.


"The Escapes admirably maximise mood contrasts with a consistency of style, texture and individual structure in each piece." Peter Naylor (composer)
Eight Escapes for Piano (Spartan Press SP1227)
PIANO SOLO Grade level: 5,6,7,8

Original creations for the contemporary pianist by Rob Hall.

EIGHT ESCAPES for Piano is a fresh, engaging set of contemporary pieces suitable for pianists who enjoy jazz-influenced music without improvisation. This first collection by Rob Hall for Spartan Press provides a wide range of moods and challenges from the cascading opener Lifts, Escalators and Extreme Travelators, depicting a bustling Hong Kong, through the Edinburgh festival-funk of Cafe Graffiti and the whirling folk-infused Pied Piper, to an emotive epilogue Swan Song.


"I'm a big fan of Rob Hall's music. His jazz style is open to other influences such as classical and folk and the blend is a potent one. His music is very well written for the piano." Steven Osborne (pianist)
ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces Grade 1 [List C:1] 2017-18 Syllabus

Commissioned by ABRSM for their ever popular internationally distributed piano exam anthologies, ASIAN TIGER PROWL is a short descriptive piece about a big cat hunting down its prey.
It is closely linked in tonality to one of the technical requirements at the grade, the D natural minor scale, known to jazz musicians as Aelioan mode. The scale also appears in North Indian raga, home of the white tiger!

James MacMillan (composer)

ABRSM Publishing (July 2016)

Cover by Kate Benjamin and Andy Potts
© 2016 by The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Reproduced by kind permission.
Upward Fall (FMR 2020)
Rob Hall & Chick Lyall

Rob Hall - Saxophones, Clarinets, EWI
Chick Lyall - Keyboards, Electronics, Piano

UPWARD FALL builds on musical paths explored in their 2013 release Chronicles with extensive use of multi-timbral electronics combined with an even wider range of single reeds and additional wind synthesizer. A more relaxed pace allows for expansive improvisations to develop with textures ranging from the intimate to the orchestral. Retaining their unique conversational language the duo weave their sonic tapestries through the animated, expressive and introspective.
Myth (FMR 2016)
Rob Hall & Chick Lyall

Rob Hall - Eb, Bb, bass clarinets
Chick Lyall - piano

MYTH explores a variety of approaches ranging from Jazz to 20th century classical composition and freely improvised interludes, the centrepiece of which is a suite of music written by the Greek composer and conductor Giannis Konstantinidis. Originally grouped as a set of 44 Miniatures for Piano, 12 are performed here with extended improvisations.

"Konstantinidis’ writing is at the album’s heart, forming a twelve-part central suite that roams from the plaintive and solemn to the soulfully vivacious." (The Herald)
Chronicles (FMR 2013)
Rob Hall & Chick Lyall

Rob Hall - Sopranino, Soprano, Alto Saxophones, Bb, Bass Clarinets
Chick Lyall - Piano, Prepared Piano, Live Electronics

"A tour de force of great writing and free improvisation that merge imperceptibly into wonderful music…Each new release sees these two musicians raise the bar, they are as good as any players in Europe who manage to extend the jazz heritage" (Trevor Taylor, FMR)
Blithe Spirit (FMR 2011)
Rob Hall - sopranino, soprano, tenor saxophones & clarinet
Chick Lyall - piano and electronics

"..a genuine meeting of minds." Scotsman

"Saxophonist Rob Hall and pianist Chick Lyall take their music to audiences across Europe ... and their international standing is reflected in the quality of this, their third album." Herald
Rhyme or Reason (FMR 2009)
Rob Hall - saxophones and clarinet
Chick Lyall - piano

"..spontaneous thoughts constantly pulling predetermined structures in fresh, new directions to provide a winning demonstration of the duo’s great empathy as performers." Jazzwise

Supported by Creative Scotland
The Beaten Path (FMR 2005)
Rob Hall & Chick Lyall

Rob Hall - Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor Saxophones & Clarinet
Chick Lyall - Piano

"Tremendous" Sunday Herald

"...both players are able to find their space in the music with impeccable taste and discrimination." Scotsman
Freewheelers (FMR 2002)
Rob Hall - Soprano & Tenor Saxophones
Chris Greive - Trombone
Mike Dunning - Double Bass
Paul Mills - Drums

"Hall has strong ideas and a playful sense of form." ***(*) Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD

With support from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD)

Heading (FMR 1997)
Rob Hall - saxophone & clarinet
David Frankel - disklavier piano
Alex Keen - double bass
Paul Cavaciuti - drums
Special guest Philipp Van Endert - guitar

"Heading North further confirms Hall as a major new voice in jazz" Avant magazine

"['Patience' is] a gem. Pat Metheny could have authorised this and maybe might wish he had."
John Wickes - author of 'Innovations in British Jazz'

Out of Print
Open Up (FMR 1996)
Rob Hall - saxophone and clarinet
Jim Mullen - guitar
David Frankel - piano
Joachim Leyh - drums
Special guest Paul Cavaciuti - drums (on 3 tracks)

"An impressive debut" The Herald

Out of print