[JPL] Stephen Riley - "Easy To Remember"

Manuel Jorge Veloso mjveloso at netcabo.pt
Fri Mar 16 14:40:09 EDT 2007


You wrote (quote): "It's always a risk... particularly in radio... to have 
an ensemble like this [Stephen Riley, Neal Claine & Jason Marsalis] because 
there isn't a chordal instrument - such as piano or guitar. Listeners at 
times have a hard time hearing 'lines' solely." (unquote)

Do you mean... you think twice about playing or not playing... say... master 
works from the Sonny Rollins' or Joe Henderson's marvelous trio albuns 
(without any chordal instrument)? How could you explain the "state of the 
tenor" to your listeners? Plus: don't we have to try to surpass the laziness 
of the listener?

Just imagine a classic music radio channel like the one where I produce my 
jazz program! What about string quartets by Bartok? Are they solely a bunch 
of "lines"? Do we have to play, instead, just quintets (with piano) by 
Beethoven? I'm sorry but I can't agree with you.


Manuel Jorge Veloso
(Portuguese Public Radio Jazz Programmer)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jae Sinnett" <jaejazz at yahoo.com>
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Sent: Friday, March 16, 2007 5:52 PM
Subject: [JPL] Stephen Riley - "Easy To Remember"

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> Bob Rogers hooked me up with this disc and it's smokin. Stephen Riley is a 
> saxophonist and the CD is the chord-less trio.....with sax, bass and 
> drums - titled "Easy To Remember." Neal Caine is playing bass and Jason 
> Marsalis drums. It's released on Steeple Chase and I'm not sure if it was 
> serviced to radio as a whole but it's certainly worth finding out how to 
> get it. Perhaps Bob can share on the list this info. I think it should be 
> heard. Definitely.
>  It's always a risk...particularly in radio.... to have an ensemble like 
> this because there isn't a chordal instrument - such as piano or guitar. 
> Listeners at times have a hard time hearing "lines" solely. That said the 
> interplay between the three creates a sound that is bigger than the trio. 
> Neal's harmonic understanding enables him to take care of enough of the 
> harmonic textures that you don't miss the piano. Stephen's sound is 
> unique. Melodic, interesting and he is a strong enough soloist that he can 
> carry the trio without having chordal support. The CD swings like crazy 
> and without question this is Jason Marsalis' best recording to date. 
> Loose, creative and time perfect. I'm sure those that do get a chance to 
> hear this will have it on their playlist very quickly. Hook um up Bob.
>  Jae Sinnett
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