A pioneering contributor to the burgeoning modern
British jazz scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Howard Riley
was - and has remained - one of the genre's most original and individual
This new reissue of his Trio's highly collectable 1968 debut release -
only 99 copies were pressed - features the talents of rising
stars Jon Hiseman and Barry Guy and is enhanced by the
inclusion of previously-unreleased recordings of Riley's original
trio of 1960.
The choice of material is broad, the key point being to render it freely and
interpretively, to let players take it in directions of their choosing.
The original eight tracks were down in single takes, the band choosing music
that members' felt represented their aim, mixing and matching styles and
moods, ranging from covers to Riley's own compositions.
In 1967, hard categories like 'free jazz' had not come into being. The very
absence of categorisation led to a greater openness and freedom for Riley
and musicians sharing his aims.
'Discussions' set him on the road to record with David Howells at
CBS, Peter Eden at British indie Turtle, together subsequently with
other labels in the UK and continental Europe, right up to the present day.
• First ever reissue of mega-rare 1968 debut
• 1000 ltd. edition run
• High quality digipak inc. 8-page booklet with revised notes by the
artist + archive images
• Previously-unreleased bonus tracks
HOWARD RILEY Discussions
1. Sweet and
5. Children At Play
6. Spring Is Here
7. What's New
8. Folk Theme No. 1
9. Just One Of Those Things
10. September In The Rain
Artist: Howard Riley Trio
Label: Dusk Fire
Form: CD Digipak
empathic musician. Riley's history is a testament to the notion that,
often, individual excellence is achieved in the context of a collective
of equally empathic, articulate peers." Duncan Heining, All About
"...a fascinating maverick on the British improv avant-garde of the
1970s. He's an enduringly valuable presence." John Fordham, The