Stopping Time: Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz

Paul Bley and David Lee

Paul Bley was barely into his twenties when he left Montreal for New York City, yet he had already played with Charlie Parker and subbed for Oscar Peterson at the Alberta Lounge. The piano prodigy had been leading his own bands in Montreal clubs since he was thirteen. Stopping Time is the story of a unique Canadian artist and his odyssey through the most turbulent years in modern jazz. 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.

Véhicule Press
Biography & Autobiography 1998

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This book is a little jewel: sparsely written and edited, it is beautifully packaged, exquisitely illustrated, equipped with an index and bibliography, and has a thorough discography with over 100 references. It with produced and crafted with love... In the same manner that jazz music transcends all borders, this book will circulated off this island as far and as wide as Paul Bley tours. - Steven Morris, Montreal Gazette

What ties this sprawling story together is Bley's storytelling--anecdotal, humorous, opinionated and given to plain-spoken philosophical sidetrips into the nature of jazz... The photos, especially the Montreal-era ones, are a vivid complement to the text. - Ian McGillis, The National Post

Mr. Bley has recently published a memoir in which he proves to be a perceptive jazz critic as well as an engaging storyteller. -The New York Times

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.
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