Paul Bley 1932-2016 R.I.P.

Paul Bley

Paul Bley

“In the final reckoning, Paul Bley’s influence over the last 50 years of jazz – and it continues – will be enormous…  Deeply original and aesthetically agressive, Mr Bley long ago found a way  to express
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


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3 replies

  1. Following the links on this story strongly suggests it is a hoax. Does anyone know for sure whether it is or not??

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