Live in Poland was recorded in 1978 and just now remastered for cd. It's some of Jack's best playing in concert. The concert hall was in Pozan, in central Poland and it was during the cold war. The tension in the atmosphere must have inspired Jack to attain supreme hights of fancy, uninhibited playing, and improvisatory ecstasy! This cd must be listened to, to believe, the opening work was totally improvised on the spot. It set the tone for all that follows.
These are the words of Jack Reilly, composer, jazz pianist and author. As a composer, Mr. Reilly has achieved a remarkable synthesis of traditional classical music with jazz. His compositions and performances reflect his solid musicianship, intelligence and sophistication.
Acclaimed for his solo jazz concerts in the United States and in Europe, where he has performed in France, Italy, Poland, Ireland, London, Wales and Norway, Jack Reilly is a vibrant exhilarating performer.
The enthusiastic response to Mr. Reilly's European tour with George Russell's New York Band and his subsequent performance with the band at the Village Vanguard in New York City; his concert at Jordan Hall in Boston with the Jack Reilly Trio, where he was given a standing ovation; his recordings and books --- three volumes on jazz improvisation entitled SPECIES BLUES and the nationally accliamed book THE HARMONY OF BILL EVANS confirms the scope of Jack Reilly's talents and versatility.
Mr. Reilly has also presented lecture/recitals at numerous schools in North America and in Europe including presentations at the prestigious International Piano Festival and Competition at the University of Maryland. Formerly chairman of the Department of Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, he has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, New York University, The New School, The Berklee School of Music, and as chairman of the Jazz Program at La Musica A Villa Scarsella in Diano Marina, Italy.
Recordings by Jack Reilly include albums of original material: Blue Sean Green, Tributes, The Brinksman, Masks, Here's What I Like, TZU-JAN Volume 1 and 2,Pure Passion and Live in Poland, on Unichrom CDs.
Please see the CD/Books page on Jack's website for more informtion.
His compositions include Jazz Requiem (1968), Oratorio (1974), Chuang-Tzu - Theme and Eight Variations for Orchestra (1993), Concertina for Jazz Piano and Strings, Lullabys for Orchestra, Fantasy for Piano and Wind Quintet, Piano Sonata in D Minor, and Concerto for Harmonica and Strings. In 2001, his Piano Concerto-Orbitals was premiered with the composer as soloist with the Keweenaw Symphony.
Please visit his website at.........www.jackreillyjazz.com.
His text, "THE HARMONY OF BILL EVANS" is a .."must for jazz composers/players...JAZZ JOURNAL,LONDON.
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