CD Time Will Tell [Paul Bley] (CD 975861), Audio Other
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Time Will Tell [Paul Bley]


  • 1. Poetic Justice
    2. Time Will Tell
    3. Above the Tree Line
    4. You Will, Oscar, You Will
    5. Sprung
    6. No Questions
    7. Vine Laces
    8. Clawback
    9. Marsh Tides
    10. Instance
    11. Burlesque
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 523819

  • Credits
    ProducerSteve Lake
    EngineerJan Erik Kongshaug

    /Evan Parker/Barre Phillips.
    Personnel: Paul Bley (piano); Evan Parker (soprano & tenor saxophones); Barre Phillips (acoustic bass).
    Recorded at Rainbow Studios, Oslo, Norway in January 1994. Includes liner notes by Steve Lake.
    Personnel: Paul Bley (piano); Evan Parker (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Barre Phillips (double bass).
    Liner Note Author: Steve Lake.
    Recording information: Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway (01/1994).
    This is a trio of pianist Paul Bley, saxophonist Evan Parker and bass player Barre Phillips. Bley's experience with drummerless trios dates back over thirty years to his work with Jimmy Giuffre. The interplay on these largely improvised pieces is empathetic throughout, and at times downright magical. On "Above The Tree Line" Bley's left hand is playing fragmentary low note melodic figures that entwine with Phillips' string bass like the roots of a tree. Meanwhile, his right hand dances birdlike with Parker's soprano saxophone (and someone gets bonus points for titling this jointly credited composition in such an accurately poetic manner). Bley in particular has made a career of playing in duos and trios, listening intently, and playing off the other musicians with sensitivity and precision. This is quietly forceful improvised music of regal bearing.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (11/95, p.44) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "TIME WILL TELL is a particularly significant album, not only because it's a brilliantly conceived trio that had never worked together before, but because it will bring London's Evan Parker--one of the most important saxophonists of the last three decades--his widest listening public yet..."
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