Paul Bley: When Will the Blues Leave


When Will the Blues Leave


Paul Bley (piano)


With Gary Peacock (ECM 843162)

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Paul Bley (piano), Gary Peacock (bass), Paul Motian (drums).

Composed by Ornette Coleman


Recorded: New York, April 13, 1963


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

Paul Bley spent the mid-1960s making some of jazz's most fascinating choices. He performed with Jimmy Giuffre in a free-jazz trio, added additional layers of complexity to Sonny Rollins's "free period" and, perhaps most influentially, led this indefinable jazz trio with Peacock and Motian that is gradually receiving the acclaim it deserves. Far from traditional yet not completely free, Bley's dichotomous usage of structure and freedom form an undeniable link between the traditional mastery of Bill Evans and the modern prodigious talents of Jarrett, Mehldau, and Iverson. The piano solo on this track is fundamental Bley complex ideas made (more) accessible through his unhurried execution. Peacock and Motian move together as a single unit propelled by Motian's playful, melodic punches.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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  • 1 len dobbin // May 13, 2008 at 11:23 PM
    I attended this session at Mirasound in NYC, former Montrealer Alfred Wade, who was the president of the New Jazz and Emanon Jazz Societies here (Montreal) was the engineer - my photos from the session can be seen on the site Memorable afternoon - Steve Swallow and Carla Bley were also in attendance that day. Len