‘Facets’ is a collaboration between fiour giants of modern British jazz improvisational work: Howard Riley, Keith Tippett (both piano), Barry Guy (double bass) and John Stevens (drums, cornet).
First released as a 3-LP set back in 1981, the material is sourced from three specific recording sessions, starting in October 1979 (tracks 5-7) with Riley in a trio session with Guy and Stevens (Guy having performed in numerous line-ups with Riley in the previous decade with Stevens in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and a trio with Trevor Watts).
Riley was back in Heiman Studios in London the following years to overdub three pianos into tracks 11-8. He and Tippett recorded remaining tracks (1-4) live at Goldsmith’s College, London in May of the year of release.
- First Encounter
- Two in One, Part 1
- Two in One, Part 2
- Twenty First Century Blues
- One Way
- Phase 1
- Phase 2 – Phase 3
- Transition – Phase 4 – Coda
This digital release on Dusk Fire is the latest in a series of Howard Riley Archive Recordings.
His objective being ‘always to arrive at freedom through spontaneity’, Howard Riley is a prolific and individualistic contributor to British avant-garde and improvisational jazz. As well as recording and performing, he has taught jazz piano since the late 1960s at Guildhall School of Music and Goldsmiths College in London; he was also resident composer at the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts, Buffalo, New York during 1976/1977.
Also available by Howard Riley is Dusk Fire’s CD/digipack reissue of his mega-rare 1968 debut with Jon Hiseman and Barry Guy: ‘Discussions’. To find out more click here