this lovely solo piano offering will be the beginning of some modern and avant garde jazz records to come. whether structured or free, the selection process from my library will be based on 1 or all 3 of the following criteria: conceptually innovative, formally challenging, and lastly, maybe the most important, the quality every chosen record will possess - listenable. listenable to me means something I love to play on a regular basis. in other words, i will be leaning towards the meditative, understated, subtle, and sometimes swinging rather than the cataclysmic, cathartic, and furiously energetic. thus as jaw droppingly amazing and important as artists such as Peter Brotzmann, Albert Ayler or Cecil Taylor are, I will not be posting much of their work.
I'm sure those who are interested can find plenty of information about Paul Bley on the web, and there are probably a couple of biographies floating around as well. it will suffice to abbreviate here that his work is about the navigation of inner worlds - my kind of piano player.
what is interesting is the sometimes fine, but DEFINITE line between this kind of tender, heart-warming music and schmaltzy, kitschy, easy-listening smooth jazz. it is the same line between Brian Eno and New Age music (the line that Tangerine Dream sadly crossed around 1982).
hard to define or explain... is it about becoming formulaic? not exactly... is it the difference between (as someone mentioned) expression and signification? maybe. anyone feel up to the challenge?
part one and part two (not conjoined)