Paul Bley - Open To Love (Music CD)
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Carla Bley's inventive melodicism is a perfect vehicle for the pianist's similarly inclined improvisations. Her "Ida Lupino," which has been recorded in a number of successful settings (including a vocal version by NRBQ on their 1969 debut), is at its most gorgeous here. Paul Bley's perfectly titled "Harlem" is a blues-based portrait played with equal parts reverence, melancholy and late night exuberance. If you do not possess any Bley albums, this is one to start with. It is a classic in the solo piano idiom as well as a sterling portrait of this subtly bold pianist.
2. Ida Lupino
4. Open To Love
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