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Paul Bley: Solo in Mondsee

Paul Bley

Paul Bley, in 1964, said, “The body of music that exists is like a river meeting a dam-constantly accumulating. Finally it will break through. … The seeds of the solution always exist in the music itself.”

This album is like that. From the first of the 10 “Mondsee Variations,” we hear fragments accumulating, melodies half-familiar, concepts posited, forays searching for form, then relationships revealed and breakthroughs occurring, not as final resolutions but as ways to go on contained in the music itself.

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