A pioneer of the use of Synths in Jazz, along with Sun Ra , Burton Green , and Masahiko Satoh....
Bley made several recordings with Peacock in this lyrical spacey free style, this is very similar territory to the better known , America lp, Improvisie-(AM6121),
More concise, and probably heavily edited from longer live performances , this has the added bonus of featuring more of Annette Peacocks , distinctive voice, seemingly pitched somewhere between , insouciant bored irony , and heartbroken agony...that voice,so deceptively sensuous often evokes a certain detached unexpected froideur, like the abrupt sinking feeling of being sexually rejected, by someone you thought was warmly inviting seduction.... and later perhaps finding out , the said object of desire got off on your humiliation.
Bleys incredible solo on Gargantuan encounter, is a marvel ,threatening to recklessly career out of control and fly off the rails into some bottomless abyss.. hell of a ride,
ripped from a friends well worn copy years ago , its last reissue on cd was in Japan ,2 decades ago...
would be great to be able to buy a Bley produced cd of further contemporaneous live material in this vein!
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Annette Peacock & Paul Bley – Dual Unity-1972
Gargantuan Encounter 4:40
Richter Scale 8:10
Dual Unity 3:15
Bass – Mario Pavone
Drums – Han Bennink, Laurence Cook
Electric Bass, Piano, Voice – Annette Peacock
Synthesizer, Electric Piano – Paul Bley
Recorded in concert in Europe, 1970.
Freedom-FLP 40109, 2383-105