Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Paul Bley - Footloose

"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

Source :

Paul Bley
(Complete Session)
(K32Y 6194)


1 Floater (Bley)   6:30
2 When Will The Blues Leave ? (Coleman)  6:12
3 Around Again (Bley)  4:10
4 Stereophrenic (Baker)  5:10
5 The Circle With The Hole In The Middle (Coleman)  5:12
6 Around Again [second version] (Bley)  3:56
7 Syndrome (Bley)  7:12
8 Ballad n° 1 (Bley)   4:29
9 King Korn (Bley)   4:02
10 King Korn [alt. take] (Bley)   4:21
11 Ballad n° 2 (Bley)  4:50
12 Cousins (Bley)  4:44
13 Vashkar (Bley)  4:08
14 Turns (Bley)  3:18
15 Ballad n° 4 (Bley)  4:53


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]


Melanchthon said...

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Complete thanks!

Anonymous said...


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daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

What a magnificent piece of music to enjoy at the end of a tough day. Thanks so much, MM.

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot!

PabloSZ said...


Fred Archtop said...

Many Thanks Mel.

Mikel Hal said...

Moltes gracies

Rodney said...

Thank you, Mel

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Brush&Stick said...

Thank you!

reservatory said...

A thousand thanks for this. Glad I took the trouble to download material I've had in at least four configurations over too many decades (cover artwork of two pipes and two paintings, I believe), but Bley's piano has much more presence here than on my Floater Syndrome CD. Lovely stuff!

gretels said...

THANKS so much from Hungary!

Olde Edo said...

Thank you for the Bley recordings

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

I have this as "Complete Savoy Sessions" but great stuff!