Stopping Time: Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz

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Independent Publishing Group, 1999 - Music - 179 pages
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This presents the story of a piano prodigy and his odyssey through the most turbulent years in modern jazz.

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The Early Years
Kindness of Others
Road to L A Baker

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About the author (1999)

Paul Bley was one of the subjects of Ron Mann's award-winning feature documentary "Imagine the Sound." Now in his sixties, Bley is touring more than ever, and recording with everyone from Kenny Wheeler to Charlie Haden. He lives with his wife, artist Carol Goss, and their family in upstate New York. David Lee is a former editor of the jazz magazine Coda who also ran his own publishing house for several years. As a jazz musician himself he has played with Kenny Wheeler, Julius Hemphill, Roscoe Mitchell, and was a founding member of the Bill Smith Ensemble. He lives in Pender Harbour, BC.

David Lee was born and raised in Mission, BC. Upon receiving his BA in English from UBC, he moved to Toronto where he worked for the jazz magazine Coda and, with his wife, Maureen Cochrane, ran the publishing house Nightwood Editions. He also studied double bass and worked actively in Toronto avant-garde theatre, dance, and multi-media performances, as well as touring internationally and recording with the Bill Smith Ensemble, Leo Smith, and Joe McPhee. Moving back to the west coast, he played in community bands, co-founded the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival, wrote a Vancouver Island guidebook, and co-authored the autobiography of jazz pianist Paul Bley, Stopping Time. David Lee received his MA in Music Criticism from McMaster University in 2004 and currently lives with his family in Hamilton, Ontario.

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