Personalities | Paul Bley | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Piano, synthesizer, b. 1932)

Paul Bley came from Montreal to New York in the early 1950s and worked with Jackie McLean. Later, in Los Angeles, he pioneered free jazz with Ornette Coleman. Throughout his career Bley has performed the compositions of his ex-wives – keyboardist Carla Bley and singer/pianist Annette Peacock – and his own pieces, often ruminative improvisations. Bley helped to popularize the new Moog synthesizer in the early 1970s and has collaborated with Gary Burton, Barre Phillips, Evan Parker, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, and many others.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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