PAUL BLEY

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Hyman Paul Bley, CM (November 10, 1932 – January 3, 2016) was a Canadian pianist known for his contributions to the free jazz movement of the 1960s as well as his innovations and influence on trio playing. Bley was a long-time resident of the United States. His music characteristically featured strong senses both of melodic voicing and space.

Paul Bley was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; his adoptive parents were Betty Marcovitch, an immigrant from Romania, and Joe Bley, owner of an embroidery factory.

In the 1950s Bley founded the Jazz Workshop in Montreal, performing on piano and recording with be-bop alto saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker. He also performed with tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Ben Webster at that time. In 1953 he conducted for bassist Charles Mingus on the Charles Mingus and His Orchestra album. That same year Mingus produced the Introducing Paul Bley album with Mingus and drummer Art
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PAUL BLEY Discography

PAUL BLEY albums / top albums

PAUL BLEY Introducing Paul Bley (with Charlie Mingus, Art Blakey) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Introducing Paul Bley (with Charlie Mingus, Art Blakey)
Hard Bop 1954
PAUL BLEY Paul Bley album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paul Bley
Hard Bop 1955
PAUL BLEY Solemn Meditation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solemn Meditation
Avant-Garde Jazz 1958
PAUL BLEY Footloose! (aka Syndrome aka Floater) album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Footloose! (aka Syndrome aka Floater)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1963
PAUL BLEY Barrage album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Barrage
Avant-Garde Jazz 1965
PAUL BLEY Touching album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Touching
Avant-Garde Jazz 1965
PAUL BLEY Closer album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Closer
Avant-Garde Jazz 1966
PAUL BLEY Blood album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Blood
Avant-Garde Jazz 1966
PAUL BLEY Ramblin' album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
Ramblin'
Avant-Garde Jazz 1969
PAUL BLEY Paul Bley Trio : Canada album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paul Bley Trio : Canada
Avant-Garde Jazz 1969
PAUL BLEY Paul Bley With Gary Peacock album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Paul Bley With Gary Peacock
Post Bop 1970
PAUL BLEY Synthesizer Show album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Synthesizer Show
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
PAUL BLEY Ballads album cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
Ballads
Post Bop 1971
PAUL BLEY Bley-Peacock Synthesizer Show ‎: Revenge - The Bigger The Love The Greater The Hate album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Bley-Peacock Synthesizer Show ‎: Revenge - The Bigger The Love The Greater The Hate
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
PAUL BLEY Paul Bley & Scorpio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paul Bley & Scorpio
Avant-Garde Jazz 1973
PAUL BLEY Open, to Love album cover 4.38 | 4 ratings
Open, to Love
Avant-Garde Jazz 1973
PAUL BLEY Paul Bley / NHØP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paul Bley / NHØP
Avant-Garde Jazz 1973
PAUL BLEY Quiet Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quiet Song
Avant-Garde Jazz 1975
PAUL BLEY Alone, Again album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alone, Again
Avant-Garde Jazz 1975
PAUL BLEY Paul Bley / John Gilmore / Paul Motian / Gary Peacock ‎: Turning Point album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paul Bley / John Gilmore / Paul Motian / Gary Peacock ‎: Turning Point
Avant-Garde Jazz 1975
PAUL BLEY Sonor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sonor
Avant-Garde Jazz 1984
PAUL BLEY Tears album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tears
Avant-Garde Jazz 1984
PAUL BLEY Questions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Questions
Avant-Garde Jazz 1985
PAUL BLEY Tango Palace album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tango Palace
Avant-Garde Jazz 1985
PAUL BLEY My Standard album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My Standard
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
PAUL BLEY Fragments album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
Fragments
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
PAUL BLEY Notes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Notes
Avant-Garde Jazz 1988
PAUL BLEY Solo Piano album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solo Piano
Avant-Garde Jazz 1988
PAUL BLEY The Paul Bley Quartet album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
The Paul Bley Quartet
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1988
PAUL BLEY Paul Bley Trio : The Nearness Of You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paul Bley Trio : The Nearness Of You
Post Bop 1989
PAUL BLEY Solo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solo
Avant-Garde Jazz 1989
PAUL BLEY Bebopbebopbebopbebop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bebopbebopbebopbebop
Avant-Garde Jazz 1990
PAUL BLEY The Life Of A Trio: Saturday album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
The Life Of A Trio: Saturday
Avant-Garde Jazz 1990
PAUL BLEY The Life Of A Trio : Sunday album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
The Life Of A Trio : Sunday
Avant-Garde Jazz 1990
PAUL BLEY Bley - Ghiglioni : Lyrics album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bley - Ghiglioni : Lyrics
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
PAUL BLEY Partners album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Partners
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
PAUL BLEY Changing Hands album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Changing Hands
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
PAUL BLEY Indian Summer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Indian Summer
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
PAUL BLEY Blues for Red album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues for Red
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
PAUL BLEY Memoirs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Memoirs
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
PAUL BLEY Paul Plays Carla album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paul Plays Carla
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
PAUL BLEY Paul Bley, Franz Koglmann, Gary Peacock ‎: Annette album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paul Bley, Franz Koglmann, Gary Peacock ‎: Annette
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
PAUL BLEY In The Evenings Out There album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
In The Evenings Out There
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
PAUL BLEY Homage To Carla Bley album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Homage To Carla Bley
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
PAUL BLEY Zen Palace album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zen Palace
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
PAUL BLEY Hands On album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hands On
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
PAUL BLEY One Year After album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Year After
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
PAUL BLEY Caravan Suite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Caravan Suite
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
PAUL BLEY Double Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Double Time
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
PAUL BLEY If We May album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
If We May
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
PAUL BLEY Sweet Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sweet Time
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
PAUL BLEY Synth Thesis album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Synth Thesis
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
PAUL BLEY Modern Chant: Inspiration From Gregorian Chant album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Modern Chant: Inspiration From Gregorian Chant
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
PAUL BLEY Emerald Blue: Inspiration From Gregorian Chant album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Emerald Blue: Inspiration From Gregorian Chant
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
PAUL BLEY Know Time (featuring Herbie Spanier & Geordie McDonald) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Know Time (featuring Herbie Spanier & Geordie McDonald)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
PAUL BLEY Speachless album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Speachless
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
PAUL BLEY Outside In album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Outside In
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
PAUL BLEY Time Will Tell (with Evan Parker / Barre Phillips) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Time Will Tell (with Evan Parker / Barre Phillips)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
PAUL BLEY Reality Check album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reality Check
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
PAUL BLEY Paul Bley / Gary Peacock ‎: Mindset album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paul Bley / Gary Peacock ‎: Mindset
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
PAUL BLEY Jazz 'n (E)Motion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz 'n (E)Motion
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
PAUL BLEY Chaos (with Furio Di Castri / Tony Oxley) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chaos (with Furio Di Castri / Tony Oxley)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
PAUL BLEY Notes on Ornette album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Notes on Ornette
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
PAUL BLEY Not Two,Not One album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Not Two,Not One
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
PAUL BLEY Basics album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Basics
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
PAUL BLEY Nothing to Declare album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nothing to Declare
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
PAUL BLEY Florida (with Kresten Osgood) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Florida (with Kresten Osgood)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
PAUL BLEY About Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
About Time
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
PAUL BLEY Sunny Sounds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sunny Sounds
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015

PAUL BLEY EPs & splits

PAUL BLEY live albums

PAUL BLEY In Haarlem - Blood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Haarlem - Blood
Avant-Garde Jazz 1967
PAUL BLEY Mr. Joy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mr. Joy
Avant-Garde Jazz 1968
PAUL BLEY Improvisie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Improvisie
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
PAUL BLEY The Fabulous Paul Bley Quintet (aka Live at the Hillcrest Club) album cover 2.95 | 2 ratings
The Fabulous Paul Bley Quintet (aka Live at the Hillcrest Club)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
PAUL BLEY Japan Suite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Japan Suite
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
PAUL BLEY Axis (Solo Piano) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Axis (Solo Piano)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
PAUL BLEY Hot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hot
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
PAUL BLEY Live (with Jesper Lundgaard) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live (with Jesper Lundgaard)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
PAUL BLEY Live Again album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Again
Avant-Garde Jazz 1987
PAUL BLEY Rejoicing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rejoicing
Avant-Garde Jazz 1990
PAUL BLEY Live at Sweet Basil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Sweet Basil
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
PAUL BLEY 12 (+6) In A Row album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
12 (+6) In A Row
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
PAUL BLEY At the Copenhagen Jazz House album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At the Copenhagen Jazz House
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
PAUL BLEY Montmartre Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Montmartre Live
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
PAUL BLEY Echo (with with Masahiko Togashi) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Echo (with with Masahiko Togashi)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
PAUL BLEY Sankt Gerold album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Sankt Gerold
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
PAUL BLEY Solo in Mondsee album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Solo in Mondsee
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
PAUL BLEY Play Blue - Oslo Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Play Blue - Oslo Concert
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
PAUL BLEY Bremen 66 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bremen 66
Post Bop 2018
PAUL BLEY Festival International De Jazz Lugano 31 August 1966 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Festival International De Jazz Lugano 31 August 1966
Post Bop 2018
PAUL BLEY Paul Bley / Paul Motian / Gary Peacock : When Will the Blues Leave album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paul Bley / Paul Motian / Gary Peacock : When Will the Blues Leave
Post Bop 2019

PAUL BLEY demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

PAUL BLEY re-issues & compilations

PAUL BLEY Copenhagen and Haarlem album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Copenhagen and Haarlem
Avant-Garde Jazz 1975
PAUL BLEY The Complete Debut Session 1953 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Debut Session 1953
Hard Bop 1983
PAUL BLEY Footloose Complete Edition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Footloose Complete Edition
Avant-Garde Jazz 1987
PAUL BLEY Turns album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Turns
Avant-Garde Jazz 1987
PAUL BLEY Floater Syndrome (aka Complete Savoy Sessions 1962-63) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Floater Syndrome (aka Complete Savoy Sessions 1962-63)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1989
PAUL BLEY Circles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Circles
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
PAUL BLEY Early Trios album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Early Trios
Hard Bop 2005
PAUL BLEY The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
PAUL BLEY A Free Spirit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Free Spirit
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016

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PAUL BLEY Turns

Boxset / Compilation · 1987 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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snobb
As rule no-one likes compilations and rare exceptions only confirm that rule.Canadian composer and pianist Paul Bley's "Turns" is such exception.It contains full recorded material from March 9, 1964 session for the first time released in one place. Five compositions were previously released on Paul Bley "Turning Point" album (1975),three others - on extremely rare Arista/Savoy compilation "New Music: Second Wave" (1979).

Paul Bley released lot of interesting music but (especially during last few decades) his works aren't easy listening so far.All but one "Turns" compositions are written by Carla Bley (probably it's a reason why they are so melodic) and all them come from the time when experimental,innovative and beautiful weren't antonyms.

From very first seconds of album's opener "Around Again" it becomes obvious that music presented here will be not only interesting,but beautiful as well. Musicians all are of highest level (Paul Bley trio with Paul Motian and Gary Peacock plus Sun Ra's sax player John Gilmore)and all them have enough space to play - the album is really collective work, not Paul Bley's album with supporting band.Side A contains four great songs - no filler.

Side A closes with alternative version of "Ida Lupino" - brilliant catchy composition,its original version opens album's side B.Rest three compositions on this side are still good but not so excellent as on previous side so possibly it slightly destroy perfect impression on the end of listening.Album's closer "Ictus" is more energetic and most avant-garde session's composition.

It's interesting to note that even if "Turns" contains five compositions from "Turning Point" album, different songs order and three another compositions placed in between of them seriously changes whole impression - "Turns" sound really more interesting and attractive comparing with "Turning Point". In all - great entry album for everyone interested in discovering Paul Bley's music.

PAUL BLEY The Fabulous Paul Bley Quintet (aka Live at the Hillcrest Club)

Live album · 1971 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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snobb
The second Paul Bley live album is more interesting than it is great. Recorded in 1958, it has a bootleg quality,surprisingly clear sound, but a terrible one mic mix.

The most intriguing thing with this album is the fact that the music on here is one of the earliest existing Ornette Coleman live recordings! The group on here is nothing else but the classic Coleman Quartet plus pianist Paul Bley (the concert in Hillcrest Club, LA was recorded just a few months after the release of Ornette Coleman studio debut "Something Else!").

Musically this album contains four compositions (including one Charlie Parker's and two from Coleman) and demonstrates Ornette's playing in transition from hard bop to freer forms. Ironically enough, the sound mix is concentrated on the saxophonist's soloing, all the other musicians (including trumpeter Don Cherry, bassist Charlie Haden, drummer Billy Higgins and Paul Bley himself) are deep in the shade. This is supposedly pianist Paul Bley's album, but most of time you can't hear the piano playing at all! Five years later this album was re-released for the US market under the name "Live At The Hillcrest Club 1958" as a collaborative work, without mention of Paul Bley as leader.

Over all, this album is a really interesting release for Ornette Coleman fans and collectors, but it is hardly an essential musical work and adds nothing to Paul Bley's musical legacy.

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