Paul Bley

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Paul Bley's 1962-63 trio (which only officially came together during a couple of Savoy recording sessions) has long been underrated, partly because half of its recordings were unreleased at the time. The next logical step beyond the Bill Evans Trio, Bley's group with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Pete LaRoca featured the three musicians often functioning as equals during group improvisations that were generally melodic but never too predictable. On this LP (which is a companion to their other Savoy album Floater), the group performs three of Paul Bley's tunes plus five by his then-wife Carla Bley (who at the time was quite unknown). Although these songs (such as "Cousins," "King Korn" and "Vashkar") never caught on, the music is quite innovative and occupies its own niche in jazz history.