WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL SITE OF PIANIST-COMPOSER JACK REILLY
COMPOSITION and IMPROVISATION
In this brief discussion
of improvisation vs. composition, let me first define my terms. Composition
means to notate, write down on manuscript what one creates in one’s
time and space. Depending on the length of the form (sonata, 2 or 3
part invention fugue, small aba structure, etc.), and style (Classical,
Jazz, or Blues forms ), it is possible only take one day, many days,
a week, many weeks, a month, or years to finish a work. However, the
true composer (ahem!), visualizes the completed work as a whole in his
mind before anything is committed to manuscript; and that is where the
time/space element comes into the mix. Arnold Schoenberg believed improvisation
is spontaneous composition and that composition is slowed down improvisation.
He is 200% off the track. I totally disagree with the Master. He does
not know what he is talking about! Put that in your pipe and puff away.
I'll be updating this column about once a month, so stay tuned for the next installment...
TO COMMENT? Send your comments to
email. Once the moderator approves,
we'll print it below. You must include your name. Thanks. Go ahead,
send it in!
Read Lynn Renee Bayley's piece on Jack for FANFARE magazine at the REVIEWS page! !
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!
You can find it here at Hal Leonard Music!
THE RECENT BRUBECK BOOK REVIEW FROM FANFARE MAGAZINE
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
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
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
ARTIST MANAGEMENT: Ms. Melody Mclaren, UK agent/manager: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
JACK REILLY IS AN OFFICIAL STEINWAY ARTIST
by Joe Kirkish. Photographic imaging and montages by Keffier Adkins.
All content and images © Jack Reilly 2009 -2015.. All Rights Reserved
development and management: