Herman Riley R.I.P.

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Herman Riley R.I.P.

Message  Steven le Jeu 26 Avr 2007 - 15:26

[quote]Herman Riley, saxophonist with jazz stars
By Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Los Angeles Times | April 26, 2007

LOS ANGELES -- Herman Riley, the jazz saxophonist whose hard-driving, soulful playing as a sideman and accompanist with artists such as Count Basie and Jimmy Smith earned him critical acclaim, died of heart failure April 14 at Brotman Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 73.

Mr. Riley was a favorite of vocalists because of his ability to play well without overpowering singers.

"There are some musicians . . . who certainly shine as soloists out front," said musician and longtime friend George Bohanon. "But when you have to support someone, not get in their way, but enhance what they're doing, that's a special talent. He's the greatest at that. He'd play one or two notes, and you'd beg him to play another." In the mid-1990s Mr. Riley began playing with jazz vocalist Lavay Smith and recorded on her 2000 album, "Everybody's Talkin' 'Bout Miss Thing!" For Smith, Mr. Riley's playing represented a rare link to a generation of musicians whose music she was too young to have heard performed live.

"The way he played was everything I love about jazz," Smith said. "He was so unbelievably soulful. When I listen to the record he recorded with us, I love it. It's just as good as it gets."

Born Aug. 31, 1933, in New Orleans, Mr. Riley grew up with jazz. He attended Southern University and performed with the marching band until his draft notice came. While serving a two-year stint in the Army, he played with a military band.

After leaving the Army he attended what is now called San Diego City College and eventually moved to Los Angeles. In 1956 he married Thelma Mitchell, who survives him, along with daughter Shenell Riley Boone, grandson Ethan Boone, and two brothers.

Mr. Riley was playing with Bobby Bryant's band at a club in downtown Los Angeles in the 1960s when he met Fred Jackson, a fellow musician who would become a lifelong friend. The two played at the Cocoanut Grove and later with the band that played for "Sammy and Company," a television show featuring Sammy Davis Jr. that aired in the 1970s. "His primary goal was to attain that level of spontaneity that comes from building the vocabulary in jazz," Jackson said. "He loved Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane. We talked about the dues that they paid, and our willingness to pay dues like that to get to that level."

Over the years Mr. Riley recorded one album as leader, "Herman," released in 1984. He played on the albums of several other artists, including Smith, singer Etta James, and guitarist Kenny Burrell. Mr. Riley played all the saxophones, flute, and clarinet.

"He had strong New Orleans roots, but was very broad in his concept," Bohanon said.[/quote]

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Re: Herman Riley R.I.P.

Message  Invité le Jeu 26 Avr 2007 - 16:48

Je vais finir par penser que Mr Steven est journaleux au service nécrologique

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Re: Herman Riley R.I.P.

Message  Steven le Ven 27 Avr 2007 - 9:39

Nan mais je suis membre de newsgroups (comme le groupe Yahoo "Jazz Research") et je reçois souvent des trucs de ce genre, et encore je ne les fais pas tous suivre !!!

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Re: Herman Riley R.I.P.

Message  Invité le Ven 27 Avr 2007 - 9:58

c'est de l'humour Mr Steven et comme Kalidas est pas là pour rouspéter

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Re: Herman Riley R.I.P.

Message  Steven le Ven 27 Avr 2007 - 10:57

z'avais bien compris !!!

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