4. Nov. 2008, 0:57
Sat 25 Oct – Paul Bley, Richard Poole
I showed up around 7:40 (show started at 8) and Paul Bley
and Richard Poole
were already on stage playing. Not playing together really, just warming up or testing the acoutics, I assumed. Well, after taking my seat and listening to the two "warm up," Bley suddenly, or as suddenly as he could handle at his age, stood up and started complaining about the piano being out of tune. He went on state that "this is a choir piano, not a piano for an actual piano player!" Poole tried to console him and get him to calm down, but Bley kept muttering and complaining and walked offstage.
So when 8:10 PM pulled around and Bley still had not come out, Poole, who had just been sitting in the front row, went up and just started playing drums. He played for five-ten minutes before Bley finally came out and sat down to play. They actually never palyed together, but took turns soloing. Bley was of course incredible, sounding like Keith Jarrett
but not moving through different ideas at a breakneck speed. He took an idea, and would expand on it for minutes before going elsewhere.
They did not play for long, and I imagine it was because of Bley's feelings towards the piano, which sounded fine to me. Obviously his ear is much more trained than mine, but I really tried listening for any unintentional dissonance and heard nothing. Maybe he's just a irritable old man, but he's an irritable old man who can still play the piano like a motherfucker. Good stuff.