HOWARD RILEY

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John Howard Riley (b. 16 February 1943, Huddersfield) is an English jazz pianist and composer. Riley began on piano at age six, and began playing jazz as early as age 13. He studied at the University of Wales (1961-66), Indiana University in America under Dave Baker (1966-67), and then at York University (1967-70). Alongside his studies he played jazz professionally, with Evan Parker (1966) and then with his own trio (1967-76), with Barry Guy on bass and Alan Jackson, Jon Hiseman, and Tony Oxley for periods on drums. Additionally he worked with John McLaughlin (1968), the London Jazz Composers Orchestra (1970-1980s), and with Oxley's ensemble (1972-81). He and Guy worked in a trio with Phil Wachsmann from 1976 well into the 1980s, and played solo piano throughout North America and Europe. From 1978 to 1981 he played in a quartet with Guy, Trevor Watts, and John Stevens; in the early 1980s read more...
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In FocusIn Focus
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ConsequencesConsequences
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For Four on Two TwoFor Four on Two Two
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HOWARD RILEY Discussions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Discussions
Avant-Garde Jazz 1968
HOWARD RILEY Angle album cover 3.55 | 2 ratings
Angle
Avant-Garde Jazz 1969
HOWARD RILEY The Day Will Come album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Day Will Come
Avant-Garde Jazz 1970
HOWARD RILEY Flight album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Flight
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
HOWARD RILEY Synopsis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Synopsis
Avant-Garde Jazz 1974
HOWARD RILEY Singleness album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Singleness
Avant-Garde Jazz 1976
HOWARD RILEY Shaped - Music For Solo Piano album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shaped - Music For Solo Piano
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
HOWARD RILEY Intertwine - Music For Two Pianos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Intertwine - Music For Two Pianos
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
HOWARD RILEY The Other Side album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Other Side
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
HOWARD RILEY Duality album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Duality
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
HOWARD RILEY For Four On Two Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For Four On Two Two
Avant-Garde Jazz 1984
HOWARD RILEY Procession album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Procession
Avant-Garde Jazz 1990
HOWARD RILEY Fingerprints album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fingerprints
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
HOWARD RILEY Beyond Category album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beyond Category
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
HOWARD RILEY The Heat Of Moments album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Heat Of Moments
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
HOWARD RILEY Wishing On The Moon (with Castronari, Marsh) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wishing On The Moon (with Castronari, Marsh)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
HOWARD RILEY Howard Riley/Elton Dean Quartet : Descending Circles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Howard Riley/Elton Dean Quartet : Descending Circles
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
HOWARD RILEY Inner Minor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Inner Minor
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
HOWARD RILEY Making Notes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Making Notes
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
HOWARD RILEY Short Stories album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Short Stories
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
HOWARD RILEY One to One (with Elton Dean) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One to One (with Elton Dean)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
HOWARD RILEY Overground album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Overground
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
HOWARD RILEY Air Play album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Air Play
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
HOWARD RILEY Trisect album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trisect
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
HOWARD RILEY Organic (with Barry Guy / John Stevens) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Organic (with Barry Guy / John Stevens)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
HOWARD RILEY Duology (with Lol Coxhill) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Duology (with Lol Coxhill)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
HOWARD RILEY Another Part Of The Story (with John Tilbury / Keith Tippett) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Another Part Of The Story (with John Tilbury / Keith Tippett)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
HOWARD RILEY Ascension album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ascension
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
HOWARD RILEY Consequences album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Consequences
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
HOWARD RILEY Short Stories Volume Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Short Stories Volume Two
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
HOWARD RILEY Two Is One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two Is One
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
HOWARD RILEY Three Is One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Three Is One
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
HOWARD RILEY The Monk & Ellington Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Monk & Ellington Sessions
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
HOWARD RILEY The Complete Short Stories 1998-2010 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Short Stories 1998-2010
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
HOWARD RILEY To Be Continued album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To Be Continued
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
HOWARD RILEY Constant Change 1976-2016 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Constant Change 1976-2016
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
HOWARD RILEY Listen to Hear album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Listen to Hear
21st Century Modern 2018

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HOWARD RILEY live albums

HOWARD RILEY The Toronto Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Toronto Concert
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
HOWARD RILEY In Focus (with Keith Tippett) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Focus (with Keith Tippett)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1985
HOWARD RILEY The Bern Concert (with Keith Tippett) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Bern Concert (with Keith Tippett)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
HOWARD RILEY Classics (Live) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Classics (Live)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
HOWARD RILEY First Encounter (with Keith Tippett) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
First Encounter (with Keith Tippett)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
HOWARD RILEY At Lincoln Cathedral album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At Lincoln Cathedral
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
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Solo In Vilnius
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
HOWARD RILEY Live With Repertoire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live With Repertoire
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
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10.11.12
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
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Live In The USA
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018

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Feathers With Jaki
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996

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HOWARD RILEY Flight

Album · 1971 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Sean Trane
Amongst the better-rated albums of Riley is Flight, where Howard performs (as usual) in a piano-dominated trio, this time with Barry Guy (contrabass) and Tony Oxley (drums), and it seems the logical continuation of the previous album. The non-descript artwork describes fairly well the music held on the slice of wax, and it was recorded in one session in the early spring of 71. Flight is definitely another experimental foray into dissonant sonic framework that can almost qualify as musique concrete, if it wasn’t played with “normal” instruments. The opening sidelong Motion is certainly a very challenging piece, but the dissonance and improvisation remains accessible for the patient and adventurous jazzhead. As opposed to Angle, Riley lets his acolytes some “songwriting” space, but it doesn’t make the musical propos easier on the listener.

As for the flipside, it forays a tad more in the dissonant region, with Oxley’s Cirrus track, completely disjointed and even atonal, followed by the Guy-penned Forgotten Game, where Riley’s piano seems to wonder aimlessly on any scale it happens to find itself. Difficult stuff, really!!. And just as you might think that Two Ballads might be a return to normalcy, one can only wonder how Lesley and Sue actually appreciated the dissonant and disjointed “songs” written for them, but my guess is that the later (more likely Barry Guy’s wife/girlfriend) was a tad luckier. The title track closes the aural hostilities directed at your sanity and a daring last stand, Riley almost abusing the piano, while Guy’s g-string on his contrabass gets stretched beyond reasonable. Definitely not the kind of album that you’d want to play to your latest conquest and get cosy with her. It’s always a bit of a wonder how such an album got a CD reissue, but FMR Records certainly has merits for doing so. Prefer the previous Angle album, as it makes much more sense to a nearly-sane jazzhead.

HOWARD RILEY Angle

Album · 1969 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Sean Trane
Another piano-dominated trio album, Angle is definitely one of the more accessible of Riley’s works in that period of time. Working again with Barry Guy on contrabass, it is Alan Jackson that occupies the drum stool, and we have Barbara Thompson tooting the flute on one track. Not sure what the object of the artwork is, but it’s kind of fascinatingly warm and represents well the music inside the sleeve. The opening Exit (no joke) is actually fairly accessible (for Riley’s standards), but Gormenghast is more of a challenge with Guy’s almost violent string thumping all over his contrabass’ fretboard, but the closing minute is rather pleasant, and (dare I say it) almost melodic. However the thankfully-short S&S is definitely not of the same mould with its highly dissonant improv. Fragment almost picks up where Gormenghast had left things at, than the gentle piano softens much of the bass and drums improvisations, and Riley’s key tickling has many endearing sometimes-Tyneresque moments.

On the flipside, the title track features Barry’s bowed bass that brings an exquisite touch at first, but then goes wild in its plucking before returning to its bow and Riley’s piano rambling on with much inspiration, and the track veers almost violent. Good stuff, too! The following Aftermath is a highly energetic piece (but all-too short) where Riley’s Tyneresque piano glides over an awesome bowed contrabass, giving a semi-raga feel, and making it the album’s highlight. The three-part Three Fragments is just that, with Thompson’s slightly dissonant and shrieking flute is the main protagonist, with Riley’s piano playing second fiddle. The closing Gill is one of the album’s more difficult moments in terms of dissonance, but to give you an idea, this would be the most accessible on the future Flight album. As for Riley’s works, it is difficult to recommend one album, but should you want to explore his realm, you might want to start with Angle, and if you can digest the more dissonant tracks on it, then you might just be ready for other works of his.

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