Paul Bley: Circles w/ Artwork

Paul Bley: Circles w/ Artwork

Paul Bley: Circles w/ Artwork MUSIC AUDIO CD Avant-Garde, Downtown, Jazz Album 


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Paul Bley



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Avant-Garde, Downtown, Jazz Instrument

Track Listing
1. The Archangel
2. Anyway Nothing Ever Was
3. Gary
4. Snakes
5. Parks
6. Circles
7. El Cordobes
8. Capricorn
9. King Korn
10. Dreams
11. Syndrome
12. Gesture Without Plot
13. Ictus


Playing Time:

78 min.


Orrin Keepnews


Ryko Distribution

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Album Notes
Includes tracks from the albums SYNTHESIZER SHOW (1970) and PAUL BLEY & SCORPIO (1972).Personnel: Paul Bley (piano, electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano, ARP synthesizer); Paul Bley; Frank Tusa, Dick Youngstein, Glenn Moore (bass instrument); Dave Holland (double bass, bass guitar); Barry Altschul (drums, percussion); Bobby Moses, Steve Haas, Steve Hass, Bob Moses (drums).Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.Liner Note Authors: Orrin Keepnews; Robert L. Doerschuk; Michael Cuscuna.Recording information: Advantage Studios, New York, NY (12/09/1970-11/24/1972).In the 1960s jazz avant-garde, the "typical" approach to piano was spiky, frenzied, and percussive, with Cecil Taylor and McCoy Tyner the best-known exponents of that kind of playing. Canadian-born pianist Paul Bley--who earlier in his career performed with Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, and Ornette Coleman--pursued a very different avenue of expression; his style was marked by a brooding lyricism (with echoes of Bill Evans) and a tantalizing use of silence. In addition, Bley was among the very first to play synthesizers in a jazz context.CIRCLES presents two early-1970s Bley albums, PAUL BLEY & SCORPIO and THE PAUL BLEY SYNTHESIZER SHOW, not previously available domestically on CD. (Both records appear in their entirety, except for one track, "Mr. Joy," omitted due to space limitations.) Applying his singular approach to electric keyboards, and accompanied by jazz's most forward-thinking bassists and drummers, Bley performs in modes ranging from playful ("Parks") to tenderly thoughtful ("Capricorn") to atmospheric ("Syndrome," oddly reminiscent of Brian Eno's MUSIC FOR FILMS and early Weather Report). Without any overt rock or funk influences, some of CIRCLES anticipates aspects of fusion and even industrial styles--further proof that Bley has often been well ahead of the curve.

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