Paul Bley: So Hard It Hurts


So Hard It Hurts


Paul Bley (piano)


Solo Piano (Steeplechase SCCD 31236)

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Paul Bley (piano).

Recorded: Copenhagen, April 2, 1988


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Here's a short solo piano track which feels a bit more jarring and urgent than some of the meditative solo work that Paul Bley is often more associated with. This brings to mind one of the most amazing things about Bley: he cannot be pigeonholed. He finds a way to discover something new each time he comes to the instrument, and he is therefore never a prisoner of habitual playing. On this track, he seems to be fascinated with the extreme low register of the piano, and his use of it is very effective.

Reviewer: Aaron Parks

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