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Paul Bley

”Since the Montreal-born, long-US resident Bley's 50's debut with Mingus and Blakey, he's worked with more first-rate, wide ranging original musical minds than anyone but Miles...” —Howard Mandel, Downbeat, April 1995

Bley gave violin recitals at age five. By age seven he was studying piano. He went through numerous classical teachers—including one Frenchman that had him play, balancing filled water glasses on the tops of his hands. At age 11 he graduated from the McGill Conservatory—having taken on their musical curriculum in addition to his public school education. Bley, who was known as “Buzzy” in his early adolescence, formed a band and played clubs and summer hotel jobs in the Laurentian Mountains at age 13. Four years later he replaced Oscar Peterson at the Alberta Lounge. Bley founded the Montreal Jazz Workshop and brought Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Brew Moore and Alan Eager to Montreal inorder to perform with them.

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Albums

Play Blue
Play Blue
ECM Records
2014
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Live At The Hillcrest Club 1958
Live At The Hillcrest...
Doxy Records
2014
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Annette
Annette
Hatology
2010
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Barrage
Barrage
ESP Disk
2009
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About Time
About Time
Justin Time Records
2008
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12 (+6) In A Row
Soul Note
2008
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