Many of you have in the meantime heard about the passing away of pianist Paul Bley, a true visionary of modern music, and of the piano itself. As the pictures above try to demonstrate, he started out as a non-conventional musical transformer, and we knew him of late as a wisened and sensitive pianist with a legacy that few can reach.
In all the years of his artistry, he may have covered a large variety of styles and formats, from fierce combos and bigger ensembles to chamber music and solo performances, but the key to all his music, and this from the very beginning, was the relentless emphasis on improvisation, performed with focus and discipline, allowing him to go deep in his art which was emotional, sensitive, once in a while dramatic or with touches of fun, and even little jokes (check the Live In Oslo video below for all of these).
A real human.
His music will stay with us for always. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.