PAUL BLEY - ESSEN 1999 (R.I.P. 1932-2016)

July 25, 2014 – 7:30 pm

PAUL BLEY R.I.P. 1932-2016

Paul Bley, a jazz pianist whose thoughtful but intuitive commitment to advanced improvisation became widely influential, died of natural causes on January 3, 2016. He was 83. Bley was surrounded by family at his winter residence in Stuart, Florida, according to his daughter Vanessa Bley. A career spent with musicians like Charlie Parker and Lennie Tristano, Charles Mingus and Sonny Rollins, Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman, Carla Bley and Annette Peacock - that’s just the first 20 or so years - began in Paul Bley’s hometown of Montreal. The open-ended promise of free jazz exerted a great influence on Bley for the rest of his career. “It’s free only in the sense that you’re not bringing written music to the table,” he said. Bley also was an early adopter of electronic synthesizers, recording often with composer/vocalist Annette Peacock - his second wife. Bley also married music with video recording and video art, founding a record label called Improvising Artists with videographer Carol Goss - his third wife. Notably, the label featured the recording debuts of Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny. - NPR

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Essen 1999 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Satiricon Theater, Essen, Germany; March 15, 1999. Very good FM broadcast.

In 1999, jazz pianist Paul Bley released Not Two, Not One with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian. Steve Loewy reviewed the album at “Bley is especially effective exploring the lower sonorities, while Peacock’s full-sounding bass throbs with joy. Motian is characteristically exquisite, his soft, layered, sensitive strokes prodding his colleagues. None of the pieces drift, as these three masters contribute a mature perspective that comes from varied experience. Remarkable interplay, chamber-free harmonies, and loose improvisations add up to some special sounds.”

Thanks to Nocturnal_n productions for sharing this on the net in 2005.

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Track 01. Untitled 12:17 (20.6MB)
Track 02. Untitled 8:05 (13.6MB)
Track 03. Untitled 8:06 (13.6MB)
Track 04. Untitled 3:47 (6.4MB)
Track 05. Untitled 15:23 (25.9MB)
Track 06. Moor (Gary Peacock)  5:48 (9.7MB)
Track 07. Untitled 8:33 (14.4MB)
Track 08. When Will The Blues Leave (Ornette Coleman) 4:27 (7.5MB)
Track 09. Please Don’t Ever Leave Me (Paul Bley, piano solo) 5:21 (9.0MB)
72 mins

Paul Bley - piano
Gary Peacock - acoustic bass
Paul Motian - drums

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  1. 7 Responses to “PAUL BLEY - ESSEN 1999 (R.I.P. 1932-2016)”

  2. Do you by chance have the Who ‘69 Amsterdam show?

    By Rob on Jul 25, 2014

  3. The location of the Baul Bley concert in Essen, Germany, was Satiricon Theater.

    By gm-k on Jul 25, 2014

  4. Thanks gm-k.

    By bigozine2 on Jul 25, 2014

  5. I have Not One, Not Two… and love all the space and “weirdness” of it. I’m looking forward to hearing this show. Thanks!

    By banjoturtle on Jul 26, 2014

  6. Thanks a lot for this, it’s a great one. Along with Cecil Taylor, Bley pointed the way forward for post-1960 piano in improvised music. (Taylor + Bley = polar opposite in approach but both equally valid.) Be nice to see some vintage mid-late 1960s recordings of his trios (w/Peacock and Altschul)in Europe.

    By treborij on Jul 26, 2014

  7. A couple of corrections on your track listing
    Track 6 is Moor (Gary Peacock comp)
    Track 8 is When Will The Blues Leave (Ornette Coleman comp)
    Track 9 is solo piano (not trio) and is called Please Don’t Ever Leave Me (Paul Bley comp)
    I think the rest of the set is improvised.

    By treborij on Jul 26, 2014

  8. Thanks treborij.

    By bigozine2 on Jul 27, 2014

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