Biography
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. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi



 
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Ben Riley: Brush Technique: Swing Medium and Fast Tempo
Ben Riley: Drum Solo from Hackensack - Thelonious Monk - 1965
Ben Riley Drum Solo #6 - Live 66
Ben Riley: Brush Technique: 3/4 Time at 120 bpm and Discussion with Adam Nussbaum
Ben and Riley - When I Was Your Man
Thelonious Monk - Ben Riley: Hackensack - 1965
Lulu's Back in Town - Ben Riley Drum Solo
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