his long, elegant, voluminous thoughts in a manner that implies complete autonomy from its given setting but isn’t quite free jazz. The music runs on a mixture of deep historical knowledge and its own inviolable principles.”
Ben Ratliff wrote those words in the New York Times back in 2006, and they remain true today. But while Paul Bley’s influence will live on, sadly it seems we won’t hear more from the man himself other than on extant recordings. It has been reported he died on 3 January at the age of 83.
- Fellow Canadian Peter Hum reports on his death and pays tribute in the Ottawa Citizen here.