Personnel: Paul Bley (piano); Gary Peacock (bass); Paul Motian, Billy Elgart (drums).
Recorded in New York, New York.
Recorded in 1963, this 1970 ECM release is a sterling session featuring one of Paul Bley's fine trios. Bassist Gary Peacock rightly has his name in the title, since his fluid playing dances energetically between the cubist explorations of Bley at the piano and Paul Motian's delicious brush-infused drumming (he's replaced on three of the eight tracks by Billy Elgart). The compositions feature a pair each by Ornette Coleman (who the pianist played with in the fifties), Annette Peacock (Bley's second wife, one of whose pieces is the evocative "Gary"), and Bley himself.
Rounding out the set are Jerome Kern's "Long Ago and Far Away" and the bassist's "Moor." Throughout it all melodic lines are drawn in the breath of empty space, creating tensions as notes hover and fade. Paul Bley has recorded a vast catalog in a variety of settings, and his work with Gary Peacock, off and on over the decades, is always inspired.