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Herlin Riley

Since coming of age in the nurturing environment of a very musical family and a distinguished bloodline of drummers, New Orleans native Herlin Riley emerged from that most creative era of all things rhythmic in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, to enliven the ensembles of such influential and demanding improvisers as pianist Ahmad Jamal and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis through his commanding yet elegant rhythmic presence. His authoritative style of melodic percussion is deeply imbued in the fertile creative soil of the Crescent City, encompassing as it does the entire length and breadth of America’s ongoing musical journey. Now with the release of his debut recording for Mack Avenue Records, Riley’s New Direction is an engaging, wide-ranging recital that distills a lifetime of experience into a swinging body of new music that defines what a big tent the music of New Orleans has always represented stylistically and spiritually. “You see,” Riley explains, “New Direction reflects a personal transition from being a musical associate with the likes of Ahmad and Wynton, to functioning in a leadership capacity, both as a bandleader and a composer

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Most Read Album Reviews: 2019

Read "Most Read Album Reviews: 2019" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2019. The number to the right of the date published represents the article's read count as of December 30th. In The Key Of The Universe Joey DeFrancesco by ...

Perpetual Optimism

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Rush Hour; Be There When I Get There; Borders Without Lines; You Don’t Know What Love Is; Perpetual Optimism; Touched; Wings and Roots; Wang Dang Doodle; Stella By Starlight; Twelve’s It.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Listeners' Recent Faves

Read "Listeners' Recent Faves" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Listeners' favorites this week from shows 381 to 390! Lots of 'pop' covers tickled your fancy this time around, along with a trip to jny: New Orleans and the usual dose of grits & gravy. Enjoy the show. And, no, we haven't abandoned Blue Note 50th anniversary salutes (yet:); they will be featured next week. Thanks ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazz In Marciac 2019

Read "Jazz In Marciac 2019" reviewed by Martin McFie

Jazz In Marciac Marciac, France July 30, 2019 to August 4, 2019 How does a remote village in South West France end up hosting an international jazz festival for 42 years? The logistics come later, but the answers to most questions about Jazz in Marciac lie in the superb quality ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note 50ths, American Pianists Association Winners & More

Read "Blue Note 50ths, American Pianists Association Winners & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

A light schedule of Blue Note 50th anniversaries this month: Hank Mobley's The Flip. But we missed a Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Orchestra recording (originally on Solid State but reissued on Blue Note) last month due to an error in our working discography. So, we feature album that as well. To celebrate Blue Note's 80th anniversary, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Herlin Riley: Perpetual Optimism

Read "Perpetual Optimism" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Herlin Riley, a drummer from New Orleans, is a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis. Indeed, he played a large part in developing the drum parts for the Pulitzer Prize-winning album by Marsalis, Blood on the Fields (Columbia, 1997). On his own album, Riley leads a mainstream quintet ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival Downtown Detroit Detroit, Michigan August 31-September 3, 2018 Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Maria Muldaur Readies 41st Album: "Don't You Feel My Leg - The Naughty Bawdy Blues Of Blue Lu Barker" Out September 28th

Maria Muldaur Readies 41st Album: "Don't You Feel My Leg - The Naughty Bawdy Blues Of Blue Lu Barker" Out September 28th

When a 24-year-old Blue Lu Barker stepped up to the microphone at Decca Records studio in Manhattan in 1938 to record Don’t You Feel My Leg, she had no way of knowing that that initial recording would turn out to be such an enduring piece of blues artistry. An immediate hit, the song instantly established Barker ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Newport Jazz Festival 2018: Part 2-2

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 2018: Part 2-2" reviewed by Timothy J. O'Keefe

Part 1 | Part 2 Newport Jazz Festival Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI August 5, 2018 From the first spongy thwack that bounced off the conga drum, a sticky humidity clung about Narragansett peninsula while the sounds of Herlin Riley's New York Havana Connection oozed from the ...


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