Hyman Paul Bley, CM (November 10, 1932 – January 3, 2016) was a Canadian pianist known for his contributions to the free jazz movement of the 1960s as well as his innovations and influence on trio playing. Bley was a long-time resident of the United States. His music characteristically featured strong senses both of melodic voicing and space.
Bley was born in Montreal, Quebec, on November 10, 1932. His adoptive parents were Betty Marcovitch, an immigrant from Romania, and Joe Bley, owner of an embroidery factory.
Later life and career
In the 1950s Bley founded the Jazz Workshop in Montreal, performing on piano and recording with bebop alto saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker. He also performed with tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Ben Webster at that time. In 1953 he conducted for bassist Charles Mingus on the Charles Mingus and His Orchestra album. That year Mingus produced the Introducing Paul Bley album with Mingus and drummer Art Blakey. In 1960 Bley recorded on piano with the Charles Mingus Group.
Paul Bley is the second album by Canadian jazz pianist Paul Bley featuring tracks recorded in 1954 and released on the EmArcy label.
Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars stating "Pick a personality trait of the Paul Bley style and chances are it won't be found anywhere here, as lovely a piano trio jazz record as this is... For the most part the tone of the pianist remains almost frigid in its consistency; volume level rarely varies and the direction of the improvisations is solidly mainstream... The obvious problem with someone like Bley or Jimi Hendrix is that once they developed their totally unique musical personality, their earlier work starts to sound a little boring".The Penguin Guide to Jazz said "At this stage of his career, he's a very orthodox bopper, aware of the blues but certainly not restricted by them, possibly exploring aspects of Tristano's evolution as well, and certainly listening to classical pianists for technique and harmonic ideas".
you tell pretty lies but when we're eye to eye the ugly truth comes out and i cannot believe what i hear from your mouth I've heard all that i can take no we are not the same and i must get away from the things you do twisted and cruel you'll get a knife in me too you use words as weapons oh I've learned my lesson you're no friend to anyone but you you use words as weapons oh i am defenseless your tongue gets sharper everyday your lies your lies your lies you can't help yourself I've seen the way you smile when your words hit hard you can take the truth and twist it round and prove the opposite of anything oh it's all fun &games when it all goes your way you've a magic charm and you do such harm but your golden smile protects you you use words as weapons oh I've learned my lesson you're no friend to anyone but you you use words as weapons oh i am defenseless your tongue gets sharper everyday your lies your lies your lies go ahead if you want to ;count me out
Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger - Force Majeure... Over the last two decades pianist Ross Lossing has brought his interest in pensive exploration to sleek post-bop settings as well as more free contexts, and in both cases his commitment to rooting around in the ambiguous corners of harmony and time, a la PaulBley, has been a reliable pleasure ... ....