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Solemn Meditation
Paul Bley
Solemn Meditation
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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With the addition, in 1957, of vibist Dave Pike to what used to be a trio, the 24-year-old Canadian pianist, Paul Bley, formed the exciting quartet that recorded this excellent album, titled Solemn Meditation, for Gene Nor...  more »

     
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All Artists: Paul Bley
Title: Solemn Meditation
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Fresh Sounds Spain
Original Release Date: 1/1/2008
Re-Release Date: 10/7/2008
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 8427328605151

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With the addition, in 1957, of vibist Dave Pike to what used to be a trio, the 24-year-old Canadian pianist, Paul Bley, formed the exciting quartet that recorded this excellent album, titled Solemn Meditation, for Gene Norman.
Pike had a passion and jazz feeling that fired the band, and the contrast with Bley's angular, two-handed approach and time, more subtly pulsing than overtly driving, worked. Drummer McBrowne remained the guts of the group, driving his colleagues with intelligence and imagination, while Haden was a constantly growing bass player in close rapport with his teammate, and a reliable timekeeper. Although they lasted less than a year together, they played the kind of uncompromising jazz that graces this session.
The quartet placed a premium on originality, evident not only in the material chosen, which emphasised original composition, but also in exploring new methods of improvisation. And in both areas they displayed an unyielding commitment to a basically swinging conception that allowed them to gel and breathe.


1 Birk's Works
2 O Plus One
3 Porgy
4 Solemn Meditation
5 I Remember Harlem
6 Drum Two
7 Everywhere
8 Beau Didley
9 Persian Village
10 Triangle
11 Valse Hot
12 Lullaby Of The Leaves
13 You Go To My Head
14 For The Love Of Pike
15 Goody Speaks
16 Polynesia
17 I'll Remember April
18 Willow Weep For Me
19 Pike's Peak

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The exact edge of Paul Bley becoming Paul Bley
Robert Wade Cottingham | Dallas, TX | 01/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mr. Bley doesn't like his recordings from this period, but this one to me is precisely the sound of Paul Bley becoming Paul Bley. It sounds good, too, nice arrangements.
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