Emmanuel ‘Jack’ Riley in the Spotlight
You've heard of Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe and Robert Greenidge, two of the best steelpan players on the planet. Now in an exclusive When Steel Talks interview meet Emmanuel “Jack” Riley - the man who influenced them and a generation of top pan players.
Emmanuel Riley, now based in New York, is one of the steelpan instrument's true living legends - he is a Master pan craftsman, tuner, and renowned soloist... Mr. Riley was honored in New York at Lincoln Center on June 20th, 2004 at the Acoustic Revolution Pan Jazz concert for pioneering the art of improvisational jazz playing and contributions to the steelpan art-form... Mr. Riley is one of the best of a special generation of young people who were both great players and master instrument makers.
Hear his experiences, his travels and his stories... Mr. Riley's steelpan feats have already been immortalized in song and the folkways of pan...
I think it would be fitting to post recordings of Cobeau Jack's "With a Song in My 'heart", Liebestraum". "Melody in F", etc. on WST.
Great idea. Glenroy are you listening? We know you got the music.
I am glad to learn that Cobo Jack is still active, and being honored for his contributions to pan. The first time I heard his name was almost 30 years ago, from Cliff Alexis. We were at Cliff's home in DeKalb, IL, and he put on a record of something that sounded like Bach played by a steelband. Gradually, I realized that the tenor pan was improvising, and sounding like Bach! Cliff said, "You know who that is? That's Cobo Jack." I would love to hear some more of the recordings that people here are calling!
As a youth i use to push his stand and really enjoy his Fantastic playing as Invaders move
along Tragarete Rd. J`ouvert morning A Master!!!
Can anybody tell me where I could find a recording of Emmanuel Rileys solos in the Invaders recordings around 1958-1960?
Here are some Invaders recordings around the date you are asking.
Cute Chick/Crazy Love, Columbia TW 3000, 1959
Hawaiian Wedding Song/With a Song in My Heart, Columbia TW 3002, 1959
Come Back to Sorrento/Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, Columbia TW 3003, 1959, 1960
Leibestraum/Melody in F, Columbia TW 3009, 1959
The Steelband Music/Souvenirs, RCA 7-2161, 1961
Beautiful Dreamer/Bull Pistle Gang, RCA 7-2162, 1961
7 inch EP:
The Invaders Steelband ("Michael", "Gun Slingers", "Liebestraum", "Melody in F"), Telco 1000, 1959
The Invaders, Telco TL 5003, 1960
Trinidad Wizards of the Steel Drum, RCA LPB-2017, 1961
1962 Calypso Hits Trinidad Wizards, RCA LPB/LPS-3007, RCA Camden CDN-5104, 1962