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Ben Riley (b. 17 July 1933) was an American jazz drummer who has worked with Thelonious Monk, Alice Coltrane, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Ahmad Jamal, and Kenny Barron, and was a member with Barron of Sphere. Riley was born in Savannah, Georgia, but his parents moved to New York City when he was four years old, and he was brought up there. His father was a shipyard worker, and his mother did domestic work. After a couple of years living in Baltimore, Maryland during World War II (when his father was working for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation), the family moved to Sugar Hill, Georgia, where Riley stayed until moving back to New York. His interest in drumming began in Savannah, where he listened to marching bands, but in New York he lived in the same neighbourhood as Sonny Rollins, Billy Taylor, Jimmy Cobb, and Roy Haynes, from the last of whom especially he learnt a great deal

Palo Alto

Label: Impulse! Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ruby, My Dear; Well, You Needn’t; Don’t Blame Me: Blue Monk: Epistrophy: I Love You Sweetheart of All My Dreams.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Meet Kenny Barron

Read "Meet Kenny Barron" reviewed by Craig Jolley

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2001. Jazz Education I recently retired from Rutgers University. Right now I teach piano one day a week at Manhattan School of Music. In September I'll be teaching at the new jazz program at Julliard. I've taught David Sanchez and ...

Impulse! Records: An Alternative Top 20 Zeitgeist Seizing Albums

Read "Impulse! Records: An Alternative Top 20 Zeitgeist Seizing Albums" reviewed by Chris May

There can be little argument that a jazz label ever captured a zeitgeist more completely than Impulse! did during its original 1960s incarnation. In the US, the fight back against white racism was cresting, opposition to the Vietnam war was growing, outrage over the assassinations of figures of hope such as President Kennedy, Martin Luther King ...

TRACK OF THE DAY

Back On Track

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Duration: 5:19

Live At The Berkeley Community Theater 1972

Label: BCT
Released: 2019
Track listing: Side One: Journey In Satchidananda. Side Two: A Love Supreme. Side Three: My Favorite Things. Side Four: Leo.

LIFE FORCE

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Back On Track. Snowy Day Suspend Yourself Modal Moods Ballad in 3-4 Feeling Good Bela Snowy Day (reprise)

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alice Coltrane: Live At The Berkeley Community Theater 1972

Read "Live At The Berkeley Community Theater 1972" reviewed by Chris May

Conventional belief holds that Alice Coltrane was the dreamy, mellifluous partner in John Coltrane's late period, out-there sonic explorations. The truth is otherwise, as attentive listening to the recordings the two Coltranes made together in 1966 and 1967 demonstrates. The misapprehension stems from the gentler albums Alice made for Impulse in the first few years following ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Ron Carter: The Paragon of Bass Virtuosity

Read "Ron Carter: The Paragon of Bass Virtuosity" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Some half a century ago, iconic bassist Ron Carter had already dynamically impacted the jazz world with his advanced rhythmic cadences and his artistic vision with the second great Miles Davis quintet. The sumptuous and indelible mark that Carter and his bandmates left on jazz history is well-documented. An educated, articulate and determined man, Carter's journey ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Geoffrey Keezer at South Jazz Parlor

Read "Geoffrey Keezer at South Jazz Parlor" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Geoffrey Keezer Trio South Kitchen and Jazz Parlor Philadelphia, PA July 8, 2018 Pianist Geoffrey Keezer is a jazz master who has worked with many of the greats since 1989 when he briefly joined the end game of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He has recorded and played ...


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