Dusk Fire

HOWARD RILEY  Discussions

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 talents.

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 Lovely
2. Romance
3. Nardis
4. Sunflower
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
Title: Discussions
File: Jazz/Avant-Garde
Label: Dusk Fire
Form: CD Digipak
Cat: DUSKCD114
Barc: 5065001032257
Date: 11.09.2015

"...a wonderfully 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 Jazz

"...a fascinating maverick on the British improv avant-garde of the 1970s. He's an enduringly valuable presence." John Fordham, The Guardian

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