Paul Bley: King Korn

Track

King Korn

Artist

Paul Bley (piano)

CD

Turning Point (Improvising Artists 373841)

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Musicians:

Paul Bley (piano), John Gilmore (tenor sax), Gary Peacock (bass), Paul Motian (drums).

Composed by Paul Bley

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Recorded: New York, March 9, 1964

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Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

It may surprise some listeners, but this 1964 rhythm section sounds like many of the rhythm sections playing in New York jazz clubs in 2008. Bley, Peacock and Motian combined elements that were just then being introduced, and created a dichotomous improvisatory style that gracefully balanced freedom and structure, chords and non-chords, classic rhythm section choices and brand new interactive experiments. On "King Korn," the telepathy between Bley and Peacock is predictably remarkable. Note how Paul Motian sounds exactly like the classic early bop drummers (especially Roach and Haynes), and in a matter of seconds creates an inventive run of never-before-heard rhythms that sounds like nobody but Paul Motian. Bley and his two famed counterparts were far ahead of their time.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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