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A reunion of one of the most creative groups in jazz (although Paul Bley, Gary Peacock and Paul Motian have played together in diverse pairings over the decades, this is the 1st time they've recorded as a trio in 35 years!). The music is powerful, hypnotic and timeless. Highlights include Bley's depth-sounding explorations at the bottom end of the Bosendorfer piano, a reworking of Fig Foot from the trio's '60s repertoire and a stunning Peacock solo on "Entelechy."

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In the early '60s, pianist Paul Bley's trios did much to expand the role of bass and drums, developing a conversational intimacy at the intersection of bop, modal, and free jazz. One of the best of those groups consisted of bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian (Bill Evans's rhythm section in the same period), but their only recording as a trio was part of Paul Bley with Gary Peacock from 1963. While the two have worked extensively with Bley in different settings through the years, this 1998 meeting was the first time they had recorded as a trio in 35 years. They touch on the previous session with Bley's "Fig Foot," a taut rethinking of the blues, but this is much more than a reunion. Each of these musicians is a virtuoso of space and the telling gesture, an inspired inventor possessed of an edgy creativity and willing to lead this sometimes pensive, sometimes rapturous music into new directions. Along with the sheer sonic beauty, there's probing, too, as in the alternately tense and playful, overlapping dialogue of "Set Up Set." Bley's gift for spontaneous melody is frequently apparent, while Peacock's unaccompanied "Entelechy" highlights an expressive depth of which few bassists are capable. --Stuart Broomer

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Not Zero: In Three PartsPaul Bley 9:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. EntelechyPaul Bley 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. NowPaul Bley 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Fig FootPaul Bley 5:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Vocal TrackedPaul Bley 5:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. IntentePaul Bley 5:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. NoospherePaul Bley 7:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Set Up SetPaul Bley 6:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Dialogue AmourPaul Bley 8:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Don't You KnowPaul Bley 6:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Not Zero: In One PartPaul Bley0:58$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • ASIN: B000023XP1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Dorward on May 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Paul Bley's music continues to pour forth--he's a rival to Anthony Braxton & Steve Lacy in the sheer fecundity of his imagination & size of his recorded oeuvre. But if you want to catch him at his best, grab this 1999 disc with Gary Peacock & Paul Motian. It's a surprisingly punchy disc: this is certainly one of Paul Motian's best & most forceful performances from the 1990s, & when the trio is working at full steam, as on "Fig Foot", it's awesome. ("Fig Foot"? Don't ask me what it means. I first spotted the phrase in the nonsensical liner notes to Bley's classic 1962 disc _Footloose!_ Worth comparing this version of the tune with earlier renditions--I'm particularly partial to the more relaxed version on John Surman's _Adventure Playground_, which also features Bley & Peacock.) -- Throughout, Bley's characteristic pensiveness gives way to abstractly funky excursions, sharply etched chords or contrapuntal clouds of notes; he also gets a lot of mileage out of the extra low notes on the Bosendorfer he's working on. Peacock is magnificent throughout, especially on the solo piece "Entelechy". The disc ends beautifully with "Don't You Know", which I suspect is one of Bley's encrypted standards--a themeless variant of "Goodbye", a tune he'd memorably performed on the 2nd album by the Jimmy Giuffre Trio back in 1961. Then there's a minute-long revisiting of the opening "Not Zero" as a coda.
Gorgeous stuff. A small pity that ECM packaged it in their usual dour fashion--drab monochrome image of some highrises & a cloudy sky on the cover, & inside the usual cheerless black & white session photographs. Such images belie the real heat & robustness of the music. This disc is a modern classic.
One last word: ignore the JAZZIZ review--Ben Watson should stick to Frank Zappa. When he writes poetry he uses the pseudonym "Out to Lunch", fittingly enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By p dizzle on May 5, 2000
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mr. bley has been recording jazz for nearly 50 years and he just seems to be getting better and better. his style has changed and evolved over the decades, moving from cool bop (check out "introducing paul bley") to forays into free and now with introspective searching. from the first notes of "not zero-in three parts" thrummed out on the lowest keys of the piano, mr. bley draws you in deeply. you have to listen to each track, allow it to unfold, find where his poet's ear is going to take you, and enjoy the ride. highlights along the way are "fig foot" with its irresistable swing, the irony of the completely instrumental "vocal tracked" and the reprise (sort of) "zero in one part." mr. bley is more than ably assisted by two great sidemen. gary peacock is his usual strong support on bass, and paul motian continues to grab attention from the drum kit, but each allows mr. bley ample room to unfold his mesmerizing ideas. practice really does make perfect.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1999
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This is a great artistic recording from three underappreciated musicians. Bley, Peacock, and Motian co-improvise in a challenging yet very listenable way, focusing heavily on the darker tones of their instruments. They are sensitive, mature musicians who really know how to play off of each other, and they manage to push the envelope of acoustic jazz without alienating the listener. I especially reccomend tracks 1 and 4.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on July 5, 2009
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Pianist Bley, bassist Peacock, and drummer Motian enjoy exploring the sounds of their respective instruments. The opening minutes of this CD, from a cut titled "Not Zero: In Three Parts," demonstrate this quite dramatically, as Bley explores some of the lowest notes on the piano, Motian enters with a bang, and Peacock does some plucking on the lowest notes on his bass. Keith Jarrett fans probably recall that Motian and Peacock played in a trio with Jarrett on the ECM CD, "Live at the Deer's Head Inn." Bley is a much different kind of pianist, and this trio sounds quite different from Jarrett's. The music on Not Two, Not One is more exploratory, less lyrical. However, the music here is always musical. These musicians may explore their instruments, but they do not exploit or abuse them. They coax music out of them, sometimes forcefully, sometimes hesitantly, but always convincingly. This is a recording that takes a few hearings to get into, but if you make the effort, you will be rewarded. The recording quality is excellent--clean and full and clear.
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