To Be Continued

Artist: Howard Riley

Date of Release: 21/04/2014

Catalogue no: SLAMCD293

Label: SLAM

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Howard Riley, solo piano.

As Howard says in the sleeve note, a studio recording is a very different project than a live concert recording – on many levels. After I first spoke to him about a studio date, Howard – always the thinker – waited 9 months before actually going into the studio... well worth the wait, I think. The choice of Porcupine Studios and of course its piano, was also important – he had recorded there with his trio as early as 1988 (SLAMCD 215) when the engineer was Ted Taylor, father of the present day Nick Taylor.
It is typical of Howard to include, among his own compositions and improvisation, something from what is sometimes referred to as ‘The Great American Songbook’ – in this case Jerome Kern’s “The Folks Who Live on The Hill”.




01/09/2014 Andy Hamilton

Howard Riley is one of the contemporary greats of piano improvisation. As producer George Haslam puts it, he's a thinker, and clearly thought long and hard before going into the studio on this occasion. The result is a set of improvisations that show his characteristic spontaneity, freedom and lyricism – a combination that's none too common, as "free" is often interpreted as implying "abrasive and unlyrical".
Born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, in 1943, Riley led a trio in 1967-76 with Barry Guy and – very interestingly – either Alan Jackson, Jon Hiseman, or Tony Oxley; he was a member of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra in the 1970-90s. He's also worked in duos with Keith Tippett, Jaki Byard, and Elton Dean. But he has a deserved reputation as an unaccompanied player, and has recorded thirteen solo albums in which “always the objective is to arrive at freedom through spontaneity", as he says on his website.
His recordings invariably feature his own compositions, and in recent decades, especially in his solo work, there's been a return of a clear jazz element, here for instance in the blues inflections of Just Maybe. Typically on this album he includes a standard – Jerome Kern's The Folks Who Live on The Hill, interpreted in his characteristically oblique yet penetrating fashion. Every piece, or improvisation, has a deeply lyrical core which surfaces sooner or later. The recording does not seem to mark any significant change of direction for Riley, but continues to explore the approach to jazz-inflected improvisation that he's developed over the last twenty or thirty years. That means that the result is a thoroughly engrossing and compelling release, one that listeners will return to often.
Andy Hamilton Jazz Journal, Sept 2014


01/07/2014 Rotcod Zzaj

: If you love solo piano, Howard’s keyboards will thrill you to no end; he’s a unique player, to be sure… the entire orchestra is within his range, & jazz combos are a breeze – especially on tunes like the totally bluesy “The Folks Who Live On The Hill“, by Jerone Kern… you get the full spectrum/range on just one 7-minute tune. It was the 4:51 “East West” that grabbed my ears & immediately voted to make this track my favorite of the nine offered up. As a keyboard player, I can tell you (without qualification) that Howard is one of the best pianists I’ve heard. I give him a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.97. get more information at the SLAM PRODUCTIONS label page for this release. Rotcod Zzaj http://rotcodzzaj.com/wordpress/?page_id=4792


02/05/2014 Vittorio Lo Conte

Among the veterans of British music is the pianist Howard Riley, Came to the seventy years with the desire to play music and express everything that's inside. as the saying
the age was one of the pioneers of jazz at home and left a series of records during his career that is now history . the Lithuanian record label NoBusiness has republished his material along with some more recent live recordings . The idea of returning to
the studio is checked instead with George Haslam , saxophonist who directs the SLAM Productions.
He recently had health problems and this allows recording hear it in shape to perform his own compositions and one standard, The Folks Who Live On the Hill by Jerome Kern, an excellent piano solo with all those characteristics that distinguish a musician with a strong personality, recognizable , with his own style . They are close to those tracks monkiani in their essence , rich harmonies and executions looking the play of colors , chiaroscuro between piano and forte, between fast and slow , ballad -rich but the feeling that never expires towards the atmosphere from floor bar. Riley is a monument to himself , as well as a few years ago Franco D' Andrea did with its numerous solo and trio performances, and invites us to listen to it, it is rich in experience and so many things to tell.

Fra i veterani della musica inglese c´è il pianista Howard Riley, arrivato ai settanta anni con la voglia di suonare e esprimere in musica tutto quello che ha dentro. Come dice
l´età è stato fra i pionieri del jazz in patria ed ha lasciato una serie
di dischi nel corso della sua carriera che ormai sono storia. La
NoBusiness, casa discografica lituana, ha ripubblicato del suo materiale
insieme a delle registrazioni live più recenti. L´idea di ritornare in
studio è spuntata invece insieme a George Haslam, il sassofonista che dirige la
Slam Productions
Di recente ha avuto problemi di salute e questa registrazione permette
di ascoltarlo in forma ad eseguire sue composizioni ed uno standard, The Folks
Who Live On the Hill di Jerome Kern, un ottimo piano solo con tutte
quelle caratteristiche che distinguono un musicista con una forte personalità,
riconoscibile, con un suo stile. Sono dei brani vicini a quelli monkiani
nella loro essenzialità, ricchi di armonie ed esecuzioni che ricercano
il gioco di colori, il chiaroscuro tra piano e forte, fra velocità e
lentezza, ballad ricche i feeling ma che non scadono mai verso le atmosfere da piano
bar. Riley fa un monumento a sé stesso, così come alcuni anni fa ha
fatto Franco D´Andrea con le sue numerose esecuzioni in solo ed in trio,
ed invita ad ascoltarlo, ricco com´è di esperienza e di tante cose da
Vittorio Lo Conte http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=18694


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