JAZZPAR Artists - Paul Bley

   Paul Bley (CAN), b. Nov. 10, 1932, performed with Joakim Milder (ts) and the Fredrik Lundin Trio at The JAZZPAR 1990 Event.

   Although he first came into prominence with free players of the 1960s, Paul Bley masters most types of jazz from early bop to post avant-garde. For instance, he has worked and recorded with Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, George Russell, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry and Gary Peacock.    Important has also been his collaboration with former wives Carla Bley and Annette Peacock. Paul Bley is founding member of The Jazz Composers Guild. He has also established his own record company, Improvising Artists Inc. For a period in the 70s Bley pioneered the electric piano and the synthesizer. But most important are his acoustic piano contributions as a soloist and as a leader of trios, his playing being described as "notable for its strong linearity, unpredictable pulse, and subtle harmonic progressions" (The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz).

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