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arbitify Fantastically successful, both as a tribute to Paul Bley and as a demonstration that there are still new things to be said in the piano trio format when the musicians are this good. I especially like their take on (Carla) Bley's Ida Lupino. It reminds me of Bley's approach to covers, where he'd restlessly circle around the melody before committing to it. Favorite track: Ida Lupino.
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Rick Mathis Pat Thomas, Dominic Lash and Tony Orrell pull off an excellent tribute to the great pianist Paul Bley with their new LP BleySchool. Recorded in the UK last year, 577 records has done a marvelous job with the pressing of this album. The sound is clear and life like. It's almost as if the trio were in the room with you! Adventurous and beautiful at the same time. Bravo! 😎
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Aloof 10:00 video
The Blessing 07:02
Ida Lupino 12:15
BleySchool 05:58


The trio pays homage to legendary pianist Paul Bley, drawing on both his tunes and improvisational approach. Bley’s music encompassed latin-inspired grooves, deceptively simple and catchy melodies, as well as freer improvisations. His willingness to collaborate openly with European improvisers as well as being part of the American tradition was an attractive template to follow.

Pat Thomas, Dominic Lash and Tony Orrell grew up in the UK with the children’s tv series Play School and when searching for a name for this album could not resist the pun - the inspiring figure of Bley combined with the element of childlike experimentation.

When the group decided to record in Bristol, UK there was no discussion about what to play, other than keeping in mind the process Paul Bley used in his long career. This included the desire not to repeat himself, and to be open to all the opportunities afforded by playing with timeless tunes, de- and re- constructing them at will. Hence the shout-outs to Carla Bley, Ornette Coleman and Duke Ellington.


released November 12, 2019

Pat Thomas, Dominic Lash, Tony Orrell

1 - Aloof 10:01
2 - The Blessing 7:03
3 - In a Sentimental Mood 7:08
4 - Ida Lupino 12:15
5 - BleySchool 5:59

Pat Thomas - Piano
Dominic Lash - Double Bass
Tony Orrell - Drums and Percussion

Recorded at Bristol University, England UK
on February 25th, 2018 by Jonathan Scott

Mixed and mastered by Jeremy Loucas at Sear Sound, New York City

Photos by Katerina Delta
Graphic design by Sergio Vezzali

‘Aloof’ by Thomas, Lash, Orrell (PRS)
‘The Blessing’ by Ornette Coleman (Songs Of Concord)
‘In a Sentimental Mood’ by Duke Ellington (Sony/ATV Harmony)
‘Ida Lupino’ by Carla Bley (Alrac Music)

577 Records is an independent record label based in Brooklyn, New York

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The name was taken from the address of the house where these concerts first took place (577 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York).
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