Paul Bley: My Old Flame


My Old Flame


Paul Bley Trio


Paul Bley (Fresh Sounds )

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Paul Bley (piano), Peter Ind (bass), Al Levitt (drums).

Composed by Sam Coslow


Recorded: New York, August 30, 1954


Rating: 99/100 (learn more)

Here's a charmingly romantic ballad from very early in Bley's career. His sense of timing here is incredible. If you listen carefully, you can discover one of the secrets behind his lyrical phrasing: he's singing along. I think that at heart he might really be a singer, and the piano is just the instrument through which he finds himself best able to sing.

Reviewer: Aaron Parks

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