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Ben Riley


An excellent drummer whose strong support has helped a variety of advanced bop sessions, Ben Riley is best known for his association with Thelonious Monk's Quartet even though he was only a member for three years. Prior to playing with Monk, Riley performed with many combos, including those led by Randy Weston, Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz, Junior Mance, Kenny Burrell, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis-Johnny Griffin (1960-1962), Ahmad Jamal, Billy Taylor, and Ray Bryant. His well-documented stint with Monk (1964-1967) was followed by associations with Alice Coltrane (on and off during 1968-1975), the New York Quartet (throughout the 1970s and '80s), Ron Carter (1975-1977), Jim Hall (1981), and the group Sphere. In addition, Riley has toured extensively with Abdullah Ibrahim. Drummer Ben Riley and arranger/trumpeter Don Sickler have developed a new environment for exploring the genius of Thelonious Monk: a piano-less septet. Ben Riley played in Thelonious Monk's quartet for nearly 5 years and was continuously inspired by Monk the composer and performer.

Monk had his own personal harmonic and rhythmic language, which, coupled with his unorthodox approach to the piano-the way he coaxed sound from the keys of the piano-made his pianist's voice in the rhythm section totally unique.
Riley's no-piano Monk Legacy Septet lets varying combinations of horns and guitar explore Monk's accompaniment role, using Monk's own unique palette of harmonies and rhythms. Ben can once again react to the familiar Monk language and accents, now being spoken by alto or soprano sax, trumpet, tenor sax, baritone sax and guitar. The combination of these different instrumental timbres, without piano, creates a refreshing new canvas of sound for exploring Monk's music.

Sickler's arrangements dissect and re-construct Monk's comping and solos so the Septet's voices can echo Monk's original thoughts and phrases, inspiring Riley's responses.

As one excited audience member said after the group's debut performance at the Village Vanguard in NYC, "This band ROCKS!"

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