Paul Bley (born in 1932 with Montreal) is a Canadian Pianiste of Jazz. It is a major pianist of the time Free jazz. It is recognized to have an important influence on the pianists of the following generation, in particular Keith Jarrett.
BiographyPaul Bley follows a traditional formation in piano to the McGill academy. In 1950, it leaves Canada for New York, and studies with the Juilliard School off Music of 1950 to 1954.
In 1957, it leaves for California, where it plays, in others, with Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry. It returns to New York in 1959, where it takes part in the trio of Jimmy Giuffre, with Steve Swallow. This trio without beater, clarinet, piano, and double bass, is a true revolution, and an important stake in the career of Bley. The trio develops a free form of improvisation, baséee on mutual listening and the balance of the voices, which is completely new. It marks also the first appearance of the compositions of Carla Bley.
Bley was always interested by extending its musical pallet by using new sounds, by directly using the cords of the piano, or the technique of the Piano prepared, for example. Towards the end of the year 1960, he becomes a pioneer in the use of the synthetizers Moog, in particular while being the first musician to use them in concert, in collaboration with the singer Annette Peacock, with whom he creates the Bley-Peacock Synthesizer Show .
He is the first husband of Carla Bley, met whereas she was saleswoman of cigarettes to the Birdland.
- Coleman Classics (with Ornette Coleman, Gift Cherry, Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins), IAI, 1958
- Stopping (with Marshall Allen, Dewey Johnson, Eddie Gum, Milford Graves), ESP-Disk, 1964
- Donkey (with Don Ellis), 1963
- Cousins , 1965
- Touching (with Kent Carter, Barry Altschul), Debut, 1965
- Dual Unity (with Annette Peacock, Han Bennink, Mario Pavone, Laurence Cook), Freedom, 1970
- Paul Bley With Gary Peacock , ECM, 1970
- Open , to Love (piano solo), ECM, 1972
- Paul Bley/NHØP (with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen), SteepleChase Records, 1973
- The Paul Bley Quartet (with John Surman, Bill Frisell and Paul Motian), ECM, 1987
- Mindset (with Gary Peacock , 1998
- Not two, not one (with Gary Peacock and Paul Motian), ECM, 1999
- Partners (with Gary Peacock), 2001
- Nothing to Declare (piano solo), 2004
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