Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Paul Bley - Floater/Syndrome [Complete Savoy Sessions]

"The sound of Paul Bley's trio brings to mind Lennie Tristano immediately as this recording begins, and for once Bley is playing with a heavy enough touch so that an appropriately dark-toned curtain shrouds the music; out of this bursts a series of blues choruses that are incredibly inspired. Thus begins one of Bley's most enjoyable albums, a recording from New York City in the early '60s that has been issued in close to ten different versions. The acquisition of these tapes by the French BYG label right away spells trouble, especially for anyone hoping to collect royalties. Jazz fans will encounter several different cover photographs for these loose "Footloose !" releases, even involving several different pipes being smoked by Bley. What pipe did he actually smoke for these sessions ? For once imperfect recording quality greatly enhances the music. Pete LaRoca's aggressive cymbal work is all over the place, and it is joyous. [...] Bley is at a juncture in his playing here that might be inevitably the most pleasing to fans of his different periods. There are plenty of passages where he utilizes space in his playing, but he hasn't gotten to the point of approximating slow motion, utilizing more bouncy medium tempos. The playing has plenty of intricacies about it, but it isn't offered up soaked in the sound of an expensive ECM reverb unit, sparing it an uncomfortable aura of preciousness. The piano is even a touch out of tune, giving some of the tunes a Floyd Cramer quality."
Eugene Chadbourne, All Music Guide

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Paul Bley
Complete Savoy


1 Floater (Bley)   6:28
2 When Will The Blues Leave ? (Coleman)  6:07
3 Around Again (Bley)  4:10
4 Stereophrenic (Baker)  5:06
5 Crossroads [A.k.a. The Circle With The Hole In The Middle] (Coleman)  5:08
6 Syndrome (Bley)  7:09
7 Ballad n° 1 (Bley)   4:29
8 King Korn (Bley)   3:59
9 King Korn [alternate Take] (Bley)   4:17
10 Ballad n° 2 (Bley)  3:47
11 Around Again [second version] (Bley)  3:53
12 Cousins (Bley)  4:40
13 Vashkar (Bley)  4:06
14 Turns (Bley)  3:15
15 Ballad n° 4 (Bley)  4:50


Paul Bley - p
Steve Swallow - b
Pete La Roca - dr

Recorded at Medallion Studios, New York ; August 17, 1962 [# 1-5] ; & September 12, 1963 [# 6-15]

This release contains the two long out of print sessions made by the Paul Bley Trio for the Savoy label, which were recorded in two sessions on August 17, 1962 and September 12, 1963. By the time these recordings were made, the Canadian pianist (born in 1932) had already performed with Charles Mingus, Jimmy Giuffre and Sonny Rollins. However, these trio recordings would mark the direction he would follow in the future : he relocated to Los Angeles in 1957, where his bookings included a lengthy engagement at the Hillcrest Club with Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Billy Higgins and Charlie Haden.

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L.O.L. said...

Thx Mel=)

yewsta said...

Thank you, Mel.

LaroSwing said...

Thank you!

neil said...

Great stuff,mel!...

bventure said...

This is great, many thanks

Otis Foster said...

Mel, thnx for this session. I'd forgotten Bley recorded for Savoy

chano said...

One of the great piano trios in my book. Thanks Mel.

Chris said...

Great this will make a big improvement on my old MP3 copies, thanks Mel.

Bill said...

This one is very welcome. Thanks, Mel.

Neal said...

Thanks for another well chosen goodie!

It's rather amazing that RS is still standing after all of the services that have gone away, but it seems the good times for FREE RS users has once again gone a bit crazy. Free downloads now take hours, and don't have the option of resuming with jDownloader. Maybe it's a good idea to split files over 200mb as you once did, just because an aborted or incomplete DL won't entail starting all the way over if it happens. Just a suggestion...hey a DL is still quicker than getting a cd in the post, eh?

Thanks Mel!


DEEP said...

Is there a new password? I can't open my download with what I thought was the password.

bventure said...

Hi, thanks for this, love Paul Bley. But I have the same problem as DEEP - the usual password doesn't work, unless it's something to do with rapidshare?

Melanchthon said...

Same pass ; it works fine.

bventure said...

I suspect the RS download didn't complete properly (although it doesn't say it failed). Now they've set things up so you can't resume a failed download there may be quite a bit of this. I'll try downloading again.

birin said...

Hola Melanchthon
Gracias por este trio, quasi es el Paul Blaey que mas me gusta!
Un saludo

bventure said...

Re-downloaded & pwd now works fine. Thanks again.

SlimStew said...

these are great records--I never tire of them after years of listening.

Kovina Kris said...

Very interesting. Thank you !

cvllos said...

THank you Melanchthon.
RS requires 3 hours to dl, as a free user. And I'm not sure if it will end fine. Frustrating its atitude.

Alvinho said...

Thanks Mel, great album.
@cvllos: there is no right answer now to the servers's issues. Some get along well with this, some with that. RS (Premium Account) that's all that was left to me after the purge they made on several servers. While this question remain unsolved I'll keep the RS account, try to get some files on free accounts on other sites and if I don't get them for some reason, I won't die because the lack of music. Neither will any of us, I presume.

cvllos said...

Just for the records: my battle to grab Bley's record ended fine.
I should consider that this one is a flac post, with all scans that I love. Generaly I have dl interruptions on those hosters at Avax.
And thanks once more to Melanchthon.

ita diegues said...

Thank you Melanchthon.

Philo said...

Just got a chance to listen to this album. I am enjoying the music.


zardoz1984 said...

Great to have those Savoys together: first recorded peaks for PB & what a wonderful trio ! Melanchthon, you're above words & I'm glad to be back. A million of thanks & keep on sharing the music we love, brother.

deGallo said...

Thank you. I don't have much Paul Bley so very nice to get this.

Otis Foster said...

Nice to have this again. Bley was post-bop even in his early Savoy days.

Melanchthon said...

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Adrian said...

Unfortunately the link don't work.
Please check them out.

Adrian said...

Well, after a while, they started to work.

-Otto- said...

Thank you for the re-up, Mel!

Jorge said...

Many thanks for this but I don´t find the password for download.

Melanchthon said...


Pass is "melanchthon"