GinmanBlachman – Let’s Call Stephen Riley (SCCD 31716)

Denmark’s successful trio co-led by bassist Lenart Ginman and drummer Thomas Blachman invited Stephen Riley to be featured at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in the summer of 2010. Following a series of well-received live concerts at the Festival Riley, the American rising star on tenor and the popular trio cut this brilliant album. “…His lushly-conceived tone and phrasing are instantly recognizable ….” (Derek Taylor) 1. You Don't Know What Love Is (Gene De Paul/Don Raye)2. Cantaloupe Island (Herbie Hancock)3. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern)4. Love For Sale (Cole Porter)5. Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn)6. Misterioso (Thelonious Monk)7. Caravan (Duke Ellington/Juan Tizol)8. Blue In Green (Bill Evans)9. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (Lester Young)10. Black … 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

Dave Stryker – Keystone (SCCD 31702)

Dave Stryker expands his organ trio of SCCD 31679 “One For Reedus” with the addition of Stephen Riley on tenorsax (and Quincy Davis -drums replacing Steve Williams) here on his latest album. Stryker turned this time-tested traditional swinging formation into a cooking 21 st century version. On Stryker’s 2008 release “Strike Up The Band” (SCCD 31637), Owen Cordle of JazzTimes commented, “…. A fine album, it catches Stryker building long, cliché-free solos. ….The title track sets a high artistic standard for the album, with everyone in a thoughtful frame of mind .” 1. Keystone (Dave Stryker)2. Can't Buy Me Love (John Lennon / Paul McCartney)3. Sentinelese (Dave Stryker)4. Lady Sings … Continue reading

Don Braden, Stephen Riley, Jimmy Greene, Wayne Escoffery – Jam Session Vol. 30 (SCCD 31700)

Vol. 30 marks the last and completion of SteepleChase Jam Session series which started 12 years ago featuring many of the talented instrumentalists of younger (and old, too) generation on the New York scene. Derek Taylor of AAJ-NY sums up the significance of this series, “ As long as there is jazz, jam sessions will continue to be the glue that holds the art form together. It’s a dyed-in-the-wool tradition in the music and a primary means by which it evolves. These conclaves of like-minded players draw enthusiastically on the best traits of the practice. The days when giants like Bean, Bags, Jaws and Jug frequented after hours haunts, blowing … 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

Ari Ambrose, Stephen Riley – Tenor Treats 2 (SCCD 31676)

The collaboration between the two dynamic tenor saxophonists Ambrose and Riley on Tenor Treats (SCCD 31656) session, packed with stimulating performances gave us a bonus of enough material for this sequel. “The instantaneous rapport achieved by Riley and Ambrose is indicative of the flexibility of these two accomplished players, who know the value of complementing, rather than trying to outdo, each other. There's a deep unity of thought in the way they roll out each performance….” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Sandu (Clifford Brown)2. Wave (Antonio Carlos Jobim)3. Back Home In Indiana (James F. Hanley)4. 502 Blues (Jimmy Rowles)5. Scrapple From The Apple (Charlie Parker)6. Darn That Dream … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose, Stephen Riley – Tenor Treats (SCCD 31656)

Though Ambrose and Riley, two of the elite tenorists of younger generation have known each other for several years and are both SteepleChase recording artists, this is the first time they went into a studio to cut co-led albums. Both of them share a deep respect of the jazz’s tradition but their expressions distinctly bear their strong individual voices. Here’s the first volume of the dynamic and creative collaboration. 1. Tenor Madness (Sonny Rollins)2. Punjab (Joe Henderson)3. All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern)4. You've Changed (Carl Fischer)5. Let's Cool One (Thelonious Monk)6. On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Jimmy McHugh)7. Blue 'n' Boogie (Dizzy Gillespie) UPC/EAN: 716043165629 … Continue reading

Stephen Riley – Once Upon A Dream (SCCD 31632)

On this his third album, the powerful duo collaboration between Stephen Riley and his colleague from Duke University bassist John Brown created a masterpiece. 1. Israel (Johnny Carisi)2. I'm An Old Cowhand (Johnny Mercer)3. In My Solitude (Duke Ellington)4. Swinging Till The Girls Come Home (Oscar Pettiford)5. Lover Come Back To Me (Sigmund Romberg)6. The Very Thought Of You (Ray Noble)7. Tea For Two (Vincent Youmans)8. All Of You (Cole Porter)9. Meditation (Antonio Carlos Jobim)10. Once Upon A Dream (Peter Tchaikowsky)11. Tune Up (Miles Davis) UPC/EAN: 716043163229 … 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

Stephen Riley – Inside Out (SCCD 31584)

“…From the listener’s point of view, the Stephen Riley Trio has made a most significant and satisfying start….As a leader, Stephen has hit the bull’s-eye first time…” (Mark Gardner) 1. All Alone (Irving Berlin)2. Bluesette (Toots Tielemanns)3. Barbados (Charlie Parker)4. Say It Isn't So (Irving Berlin)5. Bemsha Swing (Thelonious Monk)6. Ju Ju (Wayne Shorter)7. There's A Small Hotel (Richard Rodgers)8. Infant Eyes (Wayne Shorter)9. Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn)10. Inside Out (Stephen Riley) UPC/EAN: 716043158423 … Continue reading