Paul Bley with Masahiko Togashi – Echo (1999) [Japan]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:55 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,5 GB
or DSD64 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Covers | 2,46 GB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 0,99 GB
Certainly, Paul Bley is no stranger to jazz fans, but he is more closely associated with the avant garde than with the mainstream, and this title is among his more abstract dates. Many fans of Bley maintain that he is best heard solo, and this 1999 recording comes pretty close – Bley’s free improvisations are accompanied sparingly by the intelligent percussion of Togashi.
The production reminds the ECM releases. The piano tone is remarkably natural, and the percussion comes through with startling clarity. By the way, if you’re a fan of more traditional jazz, but have been curious about jazz’s more avant garde forms, this SACD would be a good bet. This is not the frenetic “headache music” that so many people expect from experimental or free jazz. While thoroughly modern, Paul Bley tends to favor slow tempos and simple yet ambiguous lines, and he is a master of the use of silence.
Produced by Moto Uehara. Co-Produced by Kenny Inoaka. Engineered by Kouji Suzuki.
Recorded on June 10 & 11, 1999 at Minato-Mirai Hall, Yokohama, Japan.
Paul Bley – piano
Masahiko Togashi – percussion