PAUL BLEY – “THE PAUL BLEY SYNTHESIZER SHOW” (1971)
What an awesome name — Bley. Say it with me: Paul…Bleeeeeeeyyyyyy…
This record is as awesome as his name. Bley is a long-time jazz pianist who’s worked with Charlie Parker, Charlie Haden, Sonny Rollins and many others. The Encyclopedia Of Music In Canada sez:
Bley’s career underwent a major shift in the late 1960s, when he started to use electric instruments in live performance and in recording sessions. In addition to the electric piano, Bley adopted the Moog and ARP synthesizers, and was one of the first major artists to explore the tonal possibilities of these new instruments. Sometimes performing with Annette Peacock, his ensembles during the period 1969-72 were often billed as the Paul Bley (or Bley-Peacock) Synthesizer Show.
This stuff is dark, swirling, totally enveloping.