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Paul Bley

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"Since the Montreal-born, long-US resident Bley's 50's debut with Mingus and Blakey, he's worked with more first-rate, wide ranging original musical minds than anyone but Miles..." —Howard Mandel, Downbeat, April 1995 Bley gave violin recitals at age five. By age seven he was studying piano. He went through numerous classical teachers—including one Frenchman that had him play, balancing filled water glasses on the tops of his hands. At age 11 he graduated from the McGill Conservatory—having taken on their musical curriculum in addition to his public school education. Bley, who was known as "Buzzy" in his early adolescence, formed a band and played clubs and summer hotel jobs in the Laurentian Mountains at age 13. Four years later he replaced Oscar Peterson at the Alberta Lounge. Bley founded the Montreal Jazz Workshop and brought Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Brew Moore and Alan Eager to Montreal inorder to perform with them. In 1950 Bley left for New York City. He studied at the Julliard School of Music from 1950-54. While at Julliard, Bley had a band with Jackie MacLean, Donald Byrd, Arthur Taylor, Doug Watkins. In this period he toured with Lester Young, Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge and Bill Harris. He was a frequent visitor at the famed Saturday night sessions at Lenny Tristano's studio. Bley served as president of the Associated Jazz Societies of New York in 1952, which led to Charlie Mingus hiring Bley to conduct his ensemble. Mingus also recorded Bley's debut album, along with himself and Art Blakey, on his label, Debut Records.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celebrating The Work Of Frank Kimbrough

Read "Celebrating The Work Of Frank Kimbrough" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Pianist, composer, and educator Frank Kimbrough was a revered presence on the New York jazz scene for nearly 35 years prior to his untimely death in December 2020. This show celebrates his life and work. Due out August 12, 2022 with LPs following, a new collection Frank Kimbrough 2003-2006 brings together 2003's Lullabluebye, featuring long-time collaborators ...

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Article: Album Review

Frank Kimbrough: Frank Kimbrough 2003 - 2006

Read "Frank Kimbrough 2003 - 2006" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist Frank Kimbrough (1956 -2020) was involved in a good deal of collaboration throughout his career, with the Herbie Nichols Project and, most notably, his twenty-four year, seven CD stint in the piano chair of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, where he elevated an already high altitude music to an even loftier level. Such was Kimbrough's willingness ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Milestones: Miles Davis Pre 1960 And His Collaborators

Read "Milestones: Miles Davis Pre 1960 And His Collaborators" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a mix to mirror book one of the 1983 Miles Davis biography by Jack Chambers that I'm reading. Two full hours, celebrating the music of Miles and his collaborators pre-1960. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) 01:30 Miles Davis Quintet “Milestones" from single (Columbia) 02:20 Lee ...

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Louis Sclavis, Olga Reznichenko, Joona Toivanen, Álvaro Torres & More New Releases

Read "Louis Sclavis, Olga Reznichenko, Joona Toivanen, Álvaro Torres & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Piano trios show that, in the right hands, this formula still a lot to say; musicians that walk down the trail blazed by Carla Bley and Paul Bley; chamber jazz and much more in this set.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Olga Reznichenko Trio “Restless ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Black Saint And Soul Note Labels

Read "The Black Saint And Soul Note Labels" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Since 1975, the Black Saint and Soul Note record labels have been a major force in documenting the growth of American avant-garde jazz. This program samples two hours of music from their diverse catalog. It includes work from artists who had long associations with the labels such as Muhal Richard Abrams and David Murray as well ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics

Read "From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics" reviewed by Chris May


The only thread running through this installment of Building A Jazz Library is that of unsung quality. No particular artist is spotlighted, nor any particular genre. There are simply ten, randomly selected albums, recorded in the US and Europe between 1953 and 2021, which show jazz off at its finest, but which, for one reason or ...

Article: Album Review

Paul Bley: Touching & Blood Revisited

Read "Touching & Blood Revisited" reviewed by Vic Albani


Credo che la maggior parte degli appassionati e ascoltatori di musica jazz che hanno progressivamente conquistato la materia durante i primi anni di ascolto, si sia presto resa conto della immensa peculiarità che un trio-jazz porta con sé, specialmente dopo gli anni in cui un certo Bill Evans portò agli onori della cronaca le particolari geometrie ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 4: Quartets

Read "The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 4: Quartets" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Satoko Fujii's recorded output comes at you hard and fast. It can overwhelm. In 2018—in celebration of her sixtieth birthday—the pianist/composer/bandleader released an album a month. Not download offerings, but real, handsomely produced CDs, with top of-the-line cover art and sturdy cardboard covers—jewels for the eye, ear and hand. Several other years have seen a release ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part One: Solo, Duo, Trio, Quartet and Orchestra

Read "The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part One: Solo, Duo, Trio, Quartet and Orchestra" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Satoko Fujii's recorded output comes at you hard and fast. It can overwhelm. In 2018—in celebration of her sixtieth birthday—the pianist/composer/bandleader released an album a month. Not download offerings, but real, handsomely produced CDs, with top of-the-line cover art and sturdy cardboard covers—jewels for the eye, ear and hand. Several other years have seen a release ...


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