Monday, June 22, 2009

paul bley trio - (canada)



I started listening to Paul Bley in the sixties and never heard of this until a big money eBay listing appeared a few years back. I finally located a seller in Montreal with a reasonably priced copy, which arrived at my address broken in half. Eventually another one turned up, with a Peter Dunn Vinyl Museum Toronto inner sleeve. Bley seems a little more intense than usual here, the muscular rhythm section keeping him on the move. In the coming months, Bley would unleash his controversial (+/- Annette Peacock) Synthesizer Show.

paul bley trio
(canada)
radio canada international 305 (1969)

01 Blood 8.00
02 Nothing Ever Was Anyway 8.30
03 Paul 9.05
04 Pigfoot 8.55
05 Touching 11.50

Paul Bley / Mario Pavone / Barry Altschul
Montreal December 1968

vinyl @320

15 comments:

il angelo said...

I must listen to this Lucky. What a find! There are P B's records galore but this is one is rare as hell. Thanks

wightdj said...

Never knew about this session or this trio with Pavone. Thanks.

unitstructure said...

I am really looking forward to this.I've seen Altschul a couple of times in the last couple of years and he sounds great to this day.He's a quick one!

Festoonic said...

Never knew this one existed, and might have passed over it if I'd seen it, thinking it was a promotional LP from the Bureau of Tourism. Pavone must've been about seven years old...

Thanks for making this available!

il angelo said...

once listened...I must say it is a great piece of work. to start with the sound (and balance of instruments) is far better than many of bley's sessions at the time, Pavone is already perfect for the job (good as hell in blood) and the versions of nothing ever was anyway and touchin' (great Altshul)are top game. Very impressed. thanks again, Lucky, this is not only rare bley, it is bley at his very best

reservatory said...

Glad this is making people happy. I had it for quite a while before I fired up the dusty turntable for a listen. I agree that it's a really good one. Good sound, too, like you say, il angelo. I've never really warmed to the Mr. Joy LP, and the thin, brittle sound has a lot to do with it...

il angelo said...

Same thing happens to me Reservatory, concerning Mr Joy. It is not the only one which sound is questionable,Ramblin', f. ex., also has a boxy sound that is not very appealing but the music in it comes through as pretty imposing though.
Thanks Reservatory

john said...

I love 60's/early 70's Bley but didn't know this one, so many many thanks.

moesgaard said...

Thanks a lot, bee searching a lot for this one. i must disagree with most here, but despite the flawed sound quality of mr. Joy, i consider it as one of the peaks of Bley's discography, Elgart's playing is astonishing, bringing an angularity and groove rarely found in Bley's music at that time, and Peacock is as strong as he can get. But Eugene Chadbourne review of it on allmusicguide says it better than me.
Happy new year!

Anonymous said...

Wow. WHat playing! Thank you so much for posting this. Your collection and comments are always insightful, too.

What a wonderful site. I Always feel lucky when I find something from here!

Take care.

maready said...

Ah, another good one I missed the first time around ... I've never heard of it either ... I thought you were going to give instructions on how to put a broken record back together ... which would be a useful lesson ... thanks for this --- it does, indeed, have great sound for a Paul Bley LP of this time period

Anonymous said...

I too have never come across this release before. "Festoonic", you are not too far off; this, I believe, is from a series of radio broadcasts released by Canada's CBC as a way to promote Canadian musicians, composers, orchestras, etc to the world. This time period is my favorite Bley, despite any recording deficiencies they may have. Thanks reservatory, for the posting.

Brian

Anonymous said...

Wow, NEVER heard of this one. Sounds like it was an odyssey to find too. Glad that I can still find unknown gems like this. Thanks!

Frank said...

Likewise a huge fan of Bley in this period. And of Pavone, who I heard live in Hartford, Connecticut circa 1980, and was blown away by.

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