CD The Paul Bley Quartet (CD 1318474), Audio Other
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The Paul Bley Quartet


  • 1. Interplay
    2. Heat
    3. After Dark
    4. One in Four
    5. Triste
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ECM1365

  • Credits
    ProducerManfred Eicher
    EngineerJan Erik Kongshaug

    Paul Bley Quartet: Paul Bley (piano); John Surman (soprano saxophone, bass clarinet); Bill Frisell (guitar); Paul Motian (drums).
    Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway in November 1987.
    Personnel: Bill Frisell (guitar); John Surman (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone); Paul Bley (piano); Paul Motian (drums).
    Recording information: Rainbow Studio, Oslo (11/1987).
    This 1988 release was the second by this quartet (FRAGMENTS, their first, was released two years earlier). The set features compositions written by each of the players, with two contributions from Bley. The ensemble is well matched and the absence of a traditional rhythm section allows the musicians to play in and around open spaces (an approach in keeping with the group members' own releases). Bill Frisell's long and lingering notes peek out from behind Bley's piano, while John Surman's reeds wrap the whole in a rich, gauzy cloth. All the while drummer Paul Motian plays his kit with the quiet majesty of volcanic ash settling onto horizontal surfaces. Recorded in Norway at one of the producer's preferred studios, the sonic clarity is gorgeous (a hallmark of ECM releases). The title of Bley's "Interplay" invokes the key word that makes this music work so well.

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