Paul Bley: Seven

Track

Seven

Artist

Paul Bley (piano)

CD

Fragments (ECM 1320/829280)

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Musicians:

Paul Bley (piano), John Surman (reeds), Bill Frisell (guitar), Paul Motian (drums).

Composed by Carla Bley

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Recorded: Oslo, January 1986

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Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

A profoundly beautiful composition by Carla Bley, brought to life patiently and selflessly by Paul Bley, John Surman, Bill Frisell, and Paul Motian. Listening to this feels a bit like entering a slow-motion dreamworld where the laws of physical reality (such as gravity) are flexible and open to creative reinterpretation. Sublime. It reminds me of a quote by Charles Mingus: "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity."

Reviewer: Aaron Parks

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