JazzTimes - p.89
"It is a work of liberating spontaneity, only possible from an artist who has been working to distill his expression to a pure core of clarity for over six decades."
Liner Note Author: Luca d'Agostino.
Recording information: Schloss Mondsee, Austria (04/2001).
As a key collaborator and accompanist to such legendary jazz forces as Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and Sonny Rollins--just to name a few--pianist Paul Bley has been a seminal figure on both the post-bop and avant-garde scenes. The diversity and longevity of his career are outweighed only by the unique nature of his playing, which emphasizes an innovative approach to phrasing and space that is likewise highly melodic.
SOLO IN MONDSEE (2007), his first solo outing in 35 years, offers listeners the rare opportunity to hear Bley completely unadorned. Like Keith Jarrett, Bley exercises a particular type of magic during his solo piano shows, exhibiting a rigorous, evolving logic that keeps equal footing with his left-field imagination. SOLO IN MONDSEE allows listeners to experience Bley's artistry first-hand in intimate fashion.