Stephen Riley – Baubles, Bangles And Beads (SCCD 31792)

SCCD 31792 Stephen Riley “Baubles, Bangles And Beads” Since his debut album “Inside Out” SCCD 31584 (2005) Stephen Riley has kept momentum to become and to stay the “distinctly unique jazz voice” (Neil Tesser). In spite of his preference for piano less format, Riley found the ideal pianist for him in Peter Zak, with whom he recorded the previous album “Lover” SCCD 31765. Here on his 11th release Riley backed by the same team including Peter Zak to interpret an amazing collection of classic but rarely heard jazz titles. “Lover, Riley’s latest, employs the talents of label mate Peter Zak … (Riley’s) unconventional use of ultra-hard reed to essay a … Continue reading

Stephen Riley – Lover (SCCD 31765)

SCCD 31765 Stephen Riley Quartet “Lover” “…. a truly special album .” (Terrell Holmes – The New York City Jazz Record on Hart-Beat ) “… a really solid recording, with some noteworthy playing making it a worthy successor in a lineage of great tenor saxophone trio records.” (Gregg Simmons – AAJ on Hart-Beat ) 1. Nice Work If You Can Get It (George Gershwin)2. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing (Sammy Fain)3. When I Take My Sugar To Tea (Irving Kahal / Sammy Fain / Pierre Norman Connor)4. When Your Lover Has Gone (Einar Aaron Swan)5. When Lights Are Low (Ted Fio Rito)6. Deluge (Wayne Shorter)7. Lover (Richard Rodgers)8. After You, … Continue reading

Stephen Riley – Lucky Seven (SCCD 31712)

To cut this new album tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley brings his quartet from the highly successful previous release “El Gaucho” (SCCD 31682), “ one of my top listening experience of the year ” (Derek Taylor – Bagatellen) back to studio. “… Playing jazz is not simply about mood, emotion, creativity, it has technical aspects which can be frustrating. But on the Lucky Seven date, Stephen and horn were on song, as a reliable reed did its job to perfection and a further challenging chapter in the musical Life of Riley was written.” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Heigh Ho, The Gang's All Here (Burton Lane)2. Dance Cadaverous (Wayne … Continue reading

Richard Doron Johnson – Battle Grounds (SCCD 31688)

Richard Doron Johnson, making his jazz debut album here, is an accomplished artist with degrees from Berklee School of Music, Boston Conservatory and Thelonious Monk Institute. Johnson has appeared on several of Christian Winther's CDs for SteepleChase. On this trio set he showcases his great talent both as performer and composer. 1. It's Been A Long Road (Richard Doron Johnson)2. I Should Care (Sammy Cahn/Axel Stordahl/Paul Weston)3. RamsiePamsie (Richard Doron Johnson)4. I Sit And Then I Wonder (Richard Doron Johnson)5. Pent-Up House (Sonny Rolling)6. The Green Room (Richard Doron Johnson)7. Battle Grounds (Richard Doron Johnson)8. Dreams From My Father (Richard Doron Johnson)9. Hymn Like (Richard Doron Johnson)10. Rhythm To Run … Continue reading

Stephen Riley – El Gaucho (SCCD 31682)

Stephen Riley’s new album stands out as his first ever ensemble with piano. Riley, a true individualist with an amazing, warm and soft sound selects the classic jazz repertoire to assemble this outstanding display of personal statement. “ Ste phen is an impressive player, with his own approach, his own sound and the conviction to keep it that way: he shows that it's possible to create something unique at this time. 5 Stars ." Lew Tabackin / Downbeat Blindfold Test April 2009 1. El Gaucho take 2 (Wayne Shorter)2. Think Of One (Thelonious Monk)3. Never Let Me Go (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)4. Night And Day (Cole Porter)5. Central Park West … Continue reading

Stephen Riley – Easy To Remember (SCCD 31609)

“….it is Riley's highly personal approach which really grabs this listener and made producer Nils Winther an instant convert, determined to put him on tape. Nils feels Stephen to be one of the most distinctive and original of the younger sax players on the scene….” (Mark Garder, from the liner notes) Stephen Riley’s debut album “Inside Out” (SCCD 31584) has recently been selected as an outstanding CD by BBC 1. It's Easy To Remember (Richard Rodgers)2. Big Foot (Charlie Parker)3. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans (Alter/DeLange)4. What's New (Haggart/Burke)5. Over The Rainbow (Harburg/Arlen)6. The Sheik Of Araby (Ted Snyder)7. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern)8. Ladybird (Tadd Dameron) … Continue reading