Thursday, 2 December 2010

Doug Riley

Doug Riley : Dreams.
PMR-007, 1976.

Doug Riley; Accoustic and electric pianos.
Michael Stuart; Tenor and soprano saxophones.
Don Thompson; Accoustic bass.
Claude Ranger; Drums.

Yet another beautiful album from the PM vaults :-

"Riley was born in Toronto April 12, 1945 and started studying classical piano at age 3. By 1958, he came under the influence of Hungarian classical pianist Paul de Marky, who had been Oscar Paterson's teacher. Studies saw Riley at the University of Toronto where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music. He has written 3 ballets for the National Ballet of Canada, arranged an album for Ray Charles, scored 6 feature fi Ims, and played piano and arranged for Dianne Brooks, Gordon Lightfoot, Moe Koffman, Sonny Greenwich and Dr. Music. Musically, Riley is moody, poetic, humourous, multi-colored, religious, defiant and most of all rich. He is a thorough investigator of the musical language whether in a romantic or Post-Coltrane bag."

Of the young Canadians presented by Perla, none is more impressive than keyboardist Doug Riley.

His improvisations are emotionally moving, structurally complex and technically sophisticated. Riley’s format for the group balances taut ensembles and open-ended improvisations.

In sum, the success of their voyage through the perilous waters of extended spontaneous composition is one more indication of the depth of their musicianship.
Chuck Berg, Down Beat


katonah said...

Hoochie Coochie man said...

Oh, nice one, just ordered this for myself the other day ;) good to hear it in advance.. Thanks!

nick said...

nice. I was collecting these PM albums for a while, but this one slipped by me. Looks excellent -- thank you!

Guldhamstern said...

Thank You!

Just what I've looked for the other day. After listening too a compliation of canadian jazz: From canada with love"


(i have problems with the first link of Jack Dejohnette)

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Simon666 said...

Sweet album Katonah, thanks!

The Scenery Within said...

Thanks Katonah, looking forward this this...:)

the jazzstronaut said...

Thanks Katonah, really loving this.

Wallofsound said...

Thanks, Katonah.

Wallofsound said...

Just been listening to this one. It really is very good. Lovely player. Thank you again.

freebones said...

groovy shit. thanks man!

flageolette said...



Best Regards,

Arkadin said...

Thanks for this one, agree with the others: great stuff!

Bacoso said...

Excellent-PM rocks!
Watch out for another PM plum at OIR this week.

taro nombei said...

Love that title track at the end.

SlimStew said...

Thanks! And any Claude Ranger recording is a blessing!