‘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.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. First Encounter
  2. Two in One, Part 1
  3. Ontology
  4. Two in One, Part 2
  5. Twenty First Century Blues
  6. Just
  7. One Way
  8. Introduction
  9. Phase 1
  10. Phase 2 – Phase 3
  11. 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