Special tribute concert to Paul Bley : Wed, July 6, 2016 10:30PM, Jazz dans la Nuit – Radio-Canada au GÉSU-Festival Int’l de Jazz de Montréal with François Bourassa, Marianne Trudel & Trio Jean Beaudet.
« In the final reckoning, Paul Bley’s influence over the last 50 years of jazz – and it continues- will be enormous…. Deeply original and aesthetically aggressive…The music runs on a mixture of deep historical knowledge and its own inviolable principles. »
Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
Paul Bley, who hailed from Montreal, was a significant influence on Keith Jarrett and many others. He died on January 3rd, 2016, after a long and prolific career. Montreal pianists/composers François Bourassa, Marianne Trudel and Jean Beaudet (in trio format) pay him tribute, each in his/her own way.
François Bourassa has called him « the first musician to apply the innovations of Ornette Coleman to the piano », whereas Jean Beaudet has said that « Bley was a pianist who influenced many, and I count myself among them. So it will be a great privilege for me to share my music in this tribute evening ».
And this from Marianne Trudel : « Paul Bley (was) a researcher, an explorer, a different and individual voice, a breath of fresh air with an inclusive and inventive approach, (with) an appetite for risk and a burning desire to push the boundaries of jazz. Paul Bley is a must. It is an honor and a great pleasure to participate in this tribute. »