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Riley, Howard: Two Is One (Emanem)

For the first time in 25 years, Howard Riley overdubs a piano by recording one part as if he were playing a solo and the immediately overdubbing the second part, resulting in nine improvisations and a jazz tribute to Monk.

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product information:

UPC: 5030243412723

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 4127
Squidco Product Code: 18380

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel tray, not sealed.
Recorded by Steve Lowe at Gateway Studios on July 4th, 2005.


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"John Howard Riley (born 16 February 1943) is an English jazz pianist and composer. Riley was born in Huddersfield. He began learning the piano at the age of six, and began playing jazz as early as the age of 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 he did duo work with Keith Tippett, with Jaki Byard, and with Elton Dean. From 1985 he worked in a trio setting with Jeff Clyne and Tony Levin. Riley has taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and currently teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he has taught continuously since the 1970s."-Wikipedia (

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track listing:

1. Two Is One 5:24

2. Closely 7:34

3. Empathy 4:41

4. Second Thoughts 5:13

5. Doubling 5:24

6. Osoiretsim 6:45

7. Hear And Now 7:10

8. With Strings 7:22

9. Unique 7:09

10. After The Storm 5:35
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"For his first overdubbed piano recording in 25 years, Riley recorded one part as if he were playing a solo, then immediately overdubbed a second part while the first was still fresh in his mind. The end result is nine duo improvisations, plus a jazz tribute to Monk."-Emanem

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