Paul Bley: Syndrome
Paul Bley (piano)
The Floater Syndrome (Savoy Jazz ZDS 4427)
Recorded: Newark, NJ, September 12, 1963
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
The words "lyrical" and "Free Jazz" rarely appear in the same context. Indeed, perhaps only in a Paul Bley review. An early Free Jazz convert, Bley gigged in 1958 with Ornette Coleman & Don Cherry at L.A.'s Hillcrest Club, where crowds milled outside an empty house waiting for the band to stop playing so they could go in and have a drink in peace. Here, Bley and bird-of-a-feather Swallow from the similarly Free and unpopular Jimmy Giuffre 3 are joined by the remarkably musical LaRoca for an intriguing composition by Paul's then-wife Carla. Their inventiveness and, yes, lyricism, are extraordinary.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz