Excerpt on Bley from
Cappelletti's book "Il profumo del jazz"
"Paul Bley reproduces the canons of minimalism
in a way that is not dogmatic. He cares about a
research that is open and, as such, can lead anywhere.
He named "Adventures" one of his compositions, and
actually adventure along with risk can definitely be
as the fundamental values of his music.
So, he is a minimalist, but only just. After all, those
simple elements (fragments?) his music is made of tell us
about themselves and their story than some overcomplex
Paul Bley's music is truly mysterious and
It's mostly a meta-musical operation, a poetic reflection on
the principles and the very foundations of jazz and the
whole of western music, which he researches in their
basilar structural ties. It is a strongly
operation (that, in spite of some similarities, is so
far away from
Jarrett's poeticts which can be so naive), though so
from any intention of ironic quotation. Different
our musical history are revived rather than quoted: most of
the time Bley does that with emotion and lyricism."