Pianist Howard Riley recorded these twelve solo piano performances live at Leicester Jazz House at Embrace Arts in 2012, with 4 original Riley compositions and 8 drawn from jazz standards or Thelonius Monk compositions.
Live With Repertoire
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"The closest I can get to writing about the music on this CD is to say that I approach a solo piano performance in public (a gig) as being with or without repertoire. I play some performances completely without repertoire, some with and without in the same evening: some (as on this recording) are (almost) completely with repertoire.
I try to play whatever is appropriate to the way I feel at the time, and both the venue and the audience is a major consideration as well. Both were idea at Embrace Arts in Leicester."-from the liner notes
"John Howard Riley (born 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 (1961Ð66), Indiana University in America under Dave Baker (1966Ð67), and then at York University (1967Ð70). Alongside his studies he played jazz professionally, with Evan Parker (1966) and then with his own trio (1967Ð76), 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 (1972Ð81). 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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Recorded in concert for Leicester Jazz House at Embrance Arts, Leicester on November 11th, 2011 by Chris Trent.
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1. Monk's Mood 4:50
2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues Are 3:45
3. Darn That Dream 4:54
4. Now One 3:08
5. Ruby, My Dear 4:30
6. Now Two 3:11
7. Round Midnight 6:42
8. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You 5:42
9. Formerly 4:15
10. Body And Soul 6:21
11. Well You Needn't 5:38
12. Signing Off 1:13