Paul Bley: My Old Flame

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My Old Flame

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Paul Bley Trio

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Paul Bley (Fresh Sounds )

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Musicians:

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

Composed by Sam Coslow

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Recorded: New York, August 30, 1954

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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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