Chet Baker & Paul Bley “Diane” (G1207)

New Release – 180 gram pure vinyl – Audiofile Edition Shipping March 10 2017 G1207 Chet Baker & Paul Bley “Diane” A SteepleChase recording that has become a classic, not only due to the strong music created by two of modern music’s most original talents, but also for bringing pianist Paul Bley back to playing standard material. “The intimate conversation between two of jazz’s most enigmatic characters is played primarily on Baker’s home turf … Baker, bless him, can crack your heart with a single note … Baker is alive and well … and still deliciously blue.” (Joe Vanderford – Spectator Magazine) “This is introspective, and deserves undivided attention to … Continue reading

Paul Bley – Notes On Ornette (SCCD 31437)

SCCD 31437 Notes On Ornette / Paul Bley Trio This latest recording of Paul Bley is wholly dedicated to the music of Ornette Coleman, with whom Paul was the major participant of that exciting musical experimentation some 40 years ago. “… here is an intriguing and most stimulating date that does full justice to the writing of Ornette while showcasing the vitality and virtuosity of the creative Paul Bley in full flow with two top notch companions with him all the way …”(Mark Gardner) 1. Turnaround (Ornette Coleman)2. Lorraine (Ornette Coleman)3. Crossroad (Ornette Coleman)4. When will the blues leave (Ornette Coleman)5. Compassion (Ornette Coleman)6. Rejoicing (Ornette Coleman)7. AARP (Paul Bley) … Continue reading

Lee Konitz, Paul Bley – Out Of Nowhere (SCCD 31427)

SCCD 31427 Out Of Nowhere / Lee Konitz – Paul Bley Quartet One of the most intriguing releases of the year on SteepleChase is this one by the two true originals of jazz. “… no pianist other than Bill Evans has so suited Mr.Konitz’s approach as Paul Bley. Each has a way with a song and their remarkable understanding allows them to make daring explorations of a wide range of material …” (Christ Sheridan) 1. I'll remember April (DePaul/Raye)2. Lover man (Ram Ramirez)3. Sweet and lovely (Arnheim/Tobias/Lemare)4. I can't get started (Vernon Duke)5. Out of nowhere (Green/Heyman)6. Don't blame me (Jimmy McHugh)7. I want to be happy (Youmans/Rose/Eliscu) UPC/EAN: 716043142729 … Continue reading

Paul Bley – Reality Check (SCCD 31379)

SCCD 31379 Reality Check / Paul Bley Trio “ It is Paul Bley’s steadfast refusal to be typecast, pigeon-holed, static which has kept his mind and music so fresh and vital since the early 1950s. His playing has preserved a sense of mystery. That does not need to be explained – even in this 1990s Reality Check – but should rather be enjoyed for the rare gift which we recognise it to be.” (from the linernotes by Mark Gardner) 1. Reality check (Paul Bley)2. For George (Paul Bley)3. It isn't (Paul Bley)4. Above you (Paul Bley)5. I surrender dear (Barris/Clifford)6. Do something (Paul Bley)7. Swan song (Paul Bley) UPC/EAN: 716043137923 … Continue reading

Paul Bley – Speechless (SCCD 31363)

SCCD 31363 Speechless / Paul Bley Quartet Paul Bley’s latest recording is a rare setting of quartet with the tenorman Perry whose insightful interplay with the leader makes this album something very special. “ Once again, Paul Bley confounds us with his multi-facetted talent, ever restless and searching. What this episodic earful tells us is that he has found a strong voice in Rich Perry that harmonises with his own …” (Mark Gardner) 1. Dropped stitch (Paul Bley)2. Crystal ball (Paul Bley)3. In walked Bud (Thelonious Monk)4. Speechless (Paul Bley)5. Love (Paul Bley)6. Past tense (Paul Bley)7. Beau Didley (Paul Bley)8. Love is (Paul Bley)9. Shorthand (Paul Bley) UPC/EAN: 716043136322 … Continue reading

Paul Bley – At Copenhagen Jazzhouse (SCCD 31348)

SCCD 31348 At Copenhagen Jazz House / Paul Bley Paul Bley has been one of the most fascinating jazz pianists in the last four decades since his recording debut in 1954. This is Bley’s second solo recording for SteepleChase and this time the setting is in “live” at Copenhagen’s most active club “Jazz House”. Whether with group or alone, Paul never stops surprising us with his unique ideas and approach to music. 1. Woogie (Paul Bley)2. Check (Paul Bley)3. Don't (Paul Bley)4. Decade (Paul Bley)5. Furioso (Paul Bley)6. Bye (Paul Bley) UPC/EAN: 716043134823 … Continue reading

Paul Bley – If We May (SCCD 31344)

SCCD 31344 If We May / Paul Bley Trio It has been 40 years since Paul Bley cut his first album and he has been one of the most original exponents of jazz piano during these years. Though most of the titles here have been recorded by Bley before, every Paul Bley fan knows and expects that everything he touches turns out a totally new creation. Bley’s trademark unpredictability makes the interaction between the leader and the rhythm section immensely exciting. 1. Long ago and far away (Jerome Kern)2. Don't explain (Billie Holiday)3. If we may (Paul Bley)4. Indian summer (Herbert/Dubin)5. All the things you are (Jerome Kern)6. Goodbye (Gordon … Continue reading

Paul Bley – Caravan Suite (SCCD 31316)

SCCD 31316 Caravan Suite / Paul Bley “… On his new SteepleChase CD, Paul explores ‘Caravan’ for almost 31 minutes, …each section stands alone as a satisfying whole…This one has been replayed again and again since it arrived…There are liner notes by Chris Sheridan and production is excellent. Highly recommended .” (Richard B. Kamins, Cadence) 1. Caravan Suite I (Paul Bley)2. Caravan Suite II (Paul Bley)3. Caravan Suite III (Paul Bley)4. Caravan Suite IV (Paul Bley)5. I got it bad and that ain't good (Duke Ellington)6. In my solitude (Duke Ellington)7. I'm beginning to see the light (Duke Ellington) UPC/EAN: 716043131624 … Continue reading

Paul Bley – Paul Plays Carla (SCCD 31303)

SCCD 31303 Paul Bley Plays Carla Bley / Paul Bley Trio “ …(This CD) features ten pieces by Carla Bley, his former wife, that he has been paying for thirty years but he’s still finding new things in them. Some of these tunes are surprisingly frisky given Bley’s austere reputation…this is another excellent one, edgy, tart and brimming with tension and passion. ” (Jerome Wilson, Cadence) 1. Vashkar (Carla Bley)2. Floater (Carla Bley)3. Seven (Carla Bley)4. Around again (Carla Bley)5. Ida Lupino (Carla Bley)6. Turns (Carla Bley)7. And now the queen (Carla Bley)8. Ictus (Carla Bley)9. Olhos de gato (Carla Bley)10. Donkey (Carla Bley) UPC/EAN: 716043130320 … Continue reading

Paul Bley – Indian Summer (SCCD 31286)

SCCD 31286 Indian Summer / Paul Bley Quartet " There is probably no other pianist currently active with a stylistic signature as distinctively inscribed as Paul Bley…a fine record by any standards …" ( The Penguin Guide To JAZZ) 1. Black and blue (Fats Waller)2. Blue waltz (Paul Bley)3. Lisbon lights (Paul Bley)4. Long ago and far away (Jerome Kern)5. Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)6. The more I see you (Warren/Gordon)7. Diane (Rapee)8. Blues (Ornette Coleman)9. Indian summer/Ictus (Victor Herbert/Carla Bley) UPC/EAN: 716043128624 … Continue reading