Solemn Meditation - THE PAUL BLEY QUARTET featuring Dave Pike, vibes (2 LPs on 1 CD)
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Solemn Meditation - THE PAUL BLEY QUARTET featuring Dave Pike, vibes (2 LPs on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Paul Bley, Eugene Russell (p), Dave Pike (b), John Goodman, Charlie Haden (b), Lenny McBrowne, Reed Vaughan (d)

Reference: FSRCD 515

Bar code: 8427328605151

With the addition, in 1957, of vibist Dave Pike to what used to be a trio, the 24-year-old Canadian pianist, Paul Bley, formed the exciting quartet that recorded this excellent album, titled Solemn Meditation, for Gene Norman.

Pike had a passion and jazz feeling that fired the band, and the contrast with Bleys angular, two-handed approach and time, more subtly pulsing than overtly driving, worked. Drummer McBrowne remained the guts of the group, driving his colleagues with intelligence and imagination, while Haden was a constantly growing bass player in close rapport with his teammate, and a reliable timekeeper. Although they lasted less than a year together, they played the kind of uncompromising jazz that graces this session.

The quartet placed a premium on originality, evident not only in the material chosen, which emphasised original composition, but also in exploring new methods of improvisation. And in both areas they displayed an unyielding commitment to a basically swinging conception that allowed them to gel and breathe.


01. Birks Works
02. O Plus One
03. Porgy
04. Solemn Meditation
05. I Remember Harlem
06. Drum Two
07. Everywhere
08. Beau Didley
09. Persian Village
10. Triangle
11. Valse Hot
12. Lullaby Of The Leaves
13. You Go To My Head
14. For The Love Of Pike
15. Goody Speaks
16. Polynesia
17. Ill Remember April
18. Willow Weep For Me
19. Pikes Peak


Paul Bley, Eugene Russell (p), Dave Pike (vib), Charlie Haden, John Goodman (b), Lenny McBrowne, Reed Vaughan (d).

Recorded Hollywood, 1956 & 1957

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol



"This early quartet date from pianist Paul Bley is somewhat historic because it was the recording debut of both bassist Charlie Haden and vibraphonist Dave Pike. With drummer Lenny McBrowne completing the group, Bley explores a lot of unlikely material in an early postbop manner including Bill Harris' "Everywhere," Roy Eldridge's "I Remember Harlem" and some group originals. The liner notes by Carla Borg (soon to be Carla Bley), who has her "O Plus One" recorded by the group, are also noteworthy." 

Scott Yanow -All Music Guide


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