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Paul Bley

Paul Bley, CM (November 10, 1932 – January 3, 2016) was a jazz pianist known for his contributions to the free jazz movement of the 1960s as well as his innovations and influence on trio playing and his early live performance on the Moog and ARP synthesizers. His music has been described by Ben Ratliff of the New York Times as "deeply original and aesthetically aggressive". Bley's prolific output includes influential recordings from the 1950s through to his solo piano recordings of the 2000s.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 10, 1932 (Montreal), Died January 3, 2016 (Cherry Valley)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 108511 12/29/1959 Chromatic universe, parts 1, 2 & 3 George Russell Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 108512 12/29/1959 The lydiot George Russell Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bley, Paul," accessed February 22, 2024,

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"Bley, Paul." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 February 2024.

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