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|Lynn Renee' Bayley is a writer/ and a reviewer for Fanfare magazine.
She was also editor of "The Music Box"
JACK REILLY by Lynn Renee Bayley
Pianist-composer Jack Reilly (1932 - ) is one of the most gifted artists of his generation, a man who has almost constantly bridged the gap between classical music and jazz through a long career that began when he was 14 years old. He was exposed first-hand to the work of such jazz legends as Bud Powell and Lennie Tristano, and managed to study music with the latter. During a stint in the Navy in the early 1950s, he was walking across the compound when he heard the most amazing music being played on a piano. Mesmerized, he entered the room and spent most of the next hour listening to a young Bill Evans, who also greatly influenced him. Later in the decade, he also toured with George Russell. All of these great musicians informed his style, which lies somewhere between the modal complexity of Tristano and the deceptive “simplicity” of Evans and his “rootless chords.” In his later years he has published several superb books, including the three-volume theory study entitled Species Blues (Unichrom Press, 1994), two volumes on The Harmony of Bill Evans (Hal Leonard, 1994 & 2009) and another volume on The Harmony of Dave Brubeck (Hal Leonard, 2013), and he has written several “pure” classical works such as The Mass of Involvement (1968), the oratorio The Light of The Soul (1974), the piano concerto Orbitals (2000) and an orchestral work entitled Chuang-Tzu (1988). He is, then, a remarkable man whose mind is continually working out and solving musical problems as they float in and out of his consciousness.
Excerpt from a work-in-progress on classically-influenced jazz and jazz-influenced classical music, currently under the working title Classical Jive, by Lynn René Bayley. Used by permission.
Reilly's new Dave Brubeck harmony book is released!
Fans of Brubeck and students of all jazz styles will find this in-depth exploration fascinating and informative.
Songs include: Blues for All * Brandenburg Gate * The Duke * Her Name Is Nancy * Marble Arch * Thank You (Dziekuje) * The Waltz * When I Was Young * and more.
Also includes CD with musical examples!
THE RECENT BRUBECK BOOK REVIEW FROM FANFARE MAGAZINE
Lynn René Bayley
Throughout the years when the Dave Brubeck Quartet was active, Brubeck himself often came under criticism or, worse yet, was completely dismissed by many jazz musicians (I won’t name names, but they know who they are) as a jazz pianist. He was often considered to be bombastic, heavy-handed, and unswinging. Many were the jazzmen who raved about his alto saxist, Paul Desmond, while dismissing Brubeck as a second-rate jazz player (some even had the audacity to ask Desmond to leave the quartet). Thus Reilly’s book restores Dave Brubeck to the place of prominence that I, and thousands of other fans who did understand music and knew he was good, knew that he rightly deserved and still deserves.
Harmony of Bill Evans Vol. 1 re-released, now with CD!
I Should Care, My Bells, Resurrection (by Jack Reilly) My Funny Valentine, Time Remembered and Peri's Scope.
tunes were recorded in London at the Royal Academy of Music in 1990.
You can order at
your local music outlet or visit
FOREWORD by Jan Stevens for "THE HARMONY OF BILL EVANS- VOL. 2" Book / CD package
BY JAN R. STEVENS:
The incomparable pianistic innovations of Bill Evans (1929 – 1980) continue to be celebrated by jazz fans, and closely studied by serious musicians worldwide. During his over twenty-five year recording career, he changed the approach to the sound of the piano itself in jazz by his touch, and his attention to pedaling, phrasing and dynamics. His remarkable approach to the possibilities of interplay within the piano-bass-drums trio is well-documented from the late 1950s on. READ THE REST HERE
In Jack Reilly's second volume, he provides a deeper appreciation and understanding of Evans' compositions. This book and CD package (only $29.99 USD) includes two important theory chapters (which stand out on their own merits, brilliantly) , plus ten of Evans’ most passionate and melodically gorgeous works. The voicing charts for all ten songs are more complex than in volume one and pianistically more demanding, yet always worth the effort. The subjects of modulation and key relationships that are discussed in each chapter will help the player memorize faster and improvise with more facility; not an easy task when performing Evans' music.
The "Lament for Bill" in chapter 13 is the author's tribute
to the genius of this great artist.
The accompanying CD will add to the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of the written examples. This a powerhouse book that will a prove to be a deep and indispensible experience for pianists of all stylistic persuasions as well as serious Evans fans. There is much to learn and enjoy here!
Songs include: Your Story • Laurie • For Nenette • My Bells • Maxine • Song for Helen • Turn Out the Stars • Very Early • Waltz for Debby • and more!
JAZZ PIANO SOLOS book (revised) by Jack Reilly
just- released book contains inventive, high quality piano arrangemments
of well-known standards and some original pieces, and are for mid-intermediate
and advanced piano students and players.
In stores now, or more ordering info here
Piano Solo Songbook
All The Things You Are (two versions) * Body And Soul
BELOW FOR THE VIDEO FOR JACK'S COMPOSITION "CAROLINE"!
ForFor a touching tribute by JACK REILLY to the great musician HALL OVERTON go here
"Live" at Dean Clough Center (CD)
"This is a continually delightful, engaging and rewarding two-disc program. With Jack Reilly's music, there's never a sense of repetition or anticlimax. He's one of the few musicians about whom it can safely be said that more is more."
-- Sam Chell, allaboutjazz.com
out Jack Reilly's new
SHOWCASE page at
Allaboutjazz.com - and download the FREE
track from the "Innocence" CD!
While you're there, you can also read their exclusive interview with Jack.
" He's (Reilly) certainly a rare individual and plays and writes with utter conviction in styles ranging from free form improv through bebop and mainstream and even into classical music." --- Duncan Heining, Jazzwise (UK) magazine£
out Jack's complete
See the CD PAGE for audio samples and more information.
You can now also purchase any of these CDs at cdbaby.com
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