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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

Straight No Chaser is the place for jazz lovers (and those who will soon be jazz lovers) to enjoy podcasts with their favorite music and artists. Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, your host Jeffrey Siegel will take you inside the world of jazz, from the new releases to the best festiva;s to remembrances of jazz legends.

Jan 6, 2016

Yesterday I posted a brief obituary of pianist Paul Bley, who passed away on January 3, 2016. For a musician, a written memorial seems empty. Therefore, here is Podcast 514, nearly an hour of the music of Bley, in varying combos, including a number of solo performances.

A first listen to these selections, which admittedly are chosen and programmed somewhat at random, might lead a listener to think Bley a bit cold or analytic. But listen again, particularly in his great trio recordings with Gary Peacock (bass) and Paul Motian (drums) to hear the varying ideas, approaches and heart that permeates his playing.

Musical selections include:

Paul Bley with Charles Mingus and Art Blakey – “Spontaneous Combustion” from Introducing…

Paul Bley – “Once Around the Park” from Fragments

Paul Bley – “Seven” from Homage to Carla

Paul Bley & Gary Peacock – “Sunrise Sunlight” from Mindset

Paul Bley, Gary Peacock, Tony Oxley & John Surman – “Spe-cu-lay-ting” from In the Evening Out  There

Paul Bley – “Compassion” from Notes On Ornette

Paul Bley – “Late Night Blue” from Blues for Red

Paul Bley, Gary Peacock & Paul Motian – “Don’t You Know” from Not Two, Not One

Paul Bley – “Mondsee Variations X” from Solo in Mondsee

Paul Bley Trio – “Goodbye” from My Standard