Riffs (Jimmy Lyons album)

Riffs is a live album by American saxophonist Jimmy Lyons. It was recorded on September 13–14, 1980 at Le Dreher, a jazz club in Paris, and was released in 1982 on the hat MUSICS label. The album features Lyons on alto saxophone, Karen Borca on bassoon, Jay Oliver on bass, and Paul Murphy on drums.[1]

Live album by
RecordedSeptember 13–14, 1980
VenueLe Dreher (club), Paris
Labelhat MUSICS
ProducerPia & Werner X. Uehlinger
Jimmy Lyons chronology
Push Pull
Jump Up / What to Do About

Reception edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide     [3]

In a review for AllMusic, Scott Yanow wrote: "For one of his very infrequent recordings outside of the realm of Cecil Taylor, altoist Jimmy Lyons teams up with the talented jazz bassoonist Karen Borca, bassist Jay Oliver and drummer Paul Murphy for lengthy and rather adventurous versions of 'Theme' and 'Riffs #1/II' plus the brief 'Riffs #1/I' which serves as a prelude to the longer 'Riffs.' It is always intriguing to hear Lyons stretching out without a piano and this set helped make listeners aware of Borca's brilliant playing on the rarely utilized bassoon."[2]

Track listing edit

All compositions by Jimmy Lyons.

  1. "Theme" – 21:00
  2. "Riffs #1/I" – 3:35
  3. "Riffs #1/II" – 23:10

Recorded September 13–14, 1980 at Le Dreher (club) in Paris.

Personnel edit

References edit

  1. ^ "HatHut MUSICS albums". JazzLists.com. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Jimmy Lyons: Riffs". AllMusic. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  3. ^ Swenson, John, ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. Random House. p. 128.