Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Paul Bley Quartet w/J. Surman B. Frisell P. Motian (1988)

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.

track listing:

After Dark
One In Four


Payl Bley piano
John Surman soprano sax bass clarinet
Bill Frisell guitar
Paul Motian drums

Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway in November 1987 ECM 1365


gnik said...

Καλή Ανάσταση Master D

d3lta said...

Το αυτόν και δι υμάς αγαπητέ Ν

gnik said...
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gnik said...

Everything is OK now my friend
Thanks !!
You still can teach new things in a old dog:))

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

jb said...

Thanks. Looks great.

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Neroon001 said...

Looking forward to hearing this.I have recordings of all of the musicians in the quartet,which would be a rarity for me.The absence of a bass player makes this recording very intriguing.Thanks for sharing this