Paul Bley: King Korn


King Korn


Paul Bley (piano)


Turning Point (Improvising Artists 373841)

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

Composed by Paul Bley


Recorded: New York, March 9, 1964


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Another masterpiece. An amazing composition and performance, with so much nervous energy and a curious kind of stop-and-go momentum. It seems to me that this group (with John Gilmore, Gary Peacock, and Paul Motian) may have strongly influenced Keith Jarrett when he put together his "American Quartet" seven years later. Things to listen for: Bley's urgent abstract-blues solo, the kinetic interaction between Peacock and Motion, and Gilmore's transcendental birdsong-like phrasing.

Reviewer: Aaron Parks

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