Paul Bley

1932 - 2016

Paul Bley

Hyman Paul Bley, CM (November 10, 1932 – January 3, 2016) was a Canadian pianist known for his contributions to the free jazz movement of the 1960s as well as his innovations and influence on trio playing and his early live performance on the Moog and Arp audio synthesizers. Bley was a long-time resident of the United States. His music has been described by Ben Ratliff of the New York Times as "deeply original and aesthetically aggressive". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Bley has received more than 178,101 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 868th most popular musician.

Memorability Metrics

  • 180k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 48.09

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 21

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.10

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.74

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Paul Bley ranks 871 out of 2,258Before him are Roger Norrington, Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Yuki Kajiura, Harold Faltermeyer, and John Scofield. After him are Barney Kessel, George Shearing, Herman Rarebell, Simon Le Bon, Ian Hill, and Tomo Miličević.

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Among people born in 1932, Paul Bley ranks 230Before him are Oleg Protopopov, Saye Zerbo, Banharn Silpa-archa, Edgar Reitz, Chiquito de la Calzada, and Paul J. Weitz. After him are Robert B. Parker, Antti Hyvärinen, Loretta Lynn, Robert Rozhdestvensky, Ted Cassidy, and Quentin Blake. Among people deceased in 2016, Paul Bley ranks 218Before him are Manuel Velázquez, Leonid Zhabotinsky, Tarık Akan, Paul Kantner, Sushil Koirala, and Eliseo Prado. After him are Sándor Tarics, Leon Russell, Lupita Tovar, Naná Vasconcelos, Željko Čajkovski, and Artur Fischer.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Paul Bley ranks 206 out of 840Before him are Walter Pidgeon (1897), Ian Hacking (1936), Gabrielle Roy (1909), David Suzuki (1936), Allan Dwan (1885), and Barbara Ann Scott (1928). After him are Jacques Villeneuve (1953), Martin Short (1950), Louis St. Laurent (1882), Jean Béliveau (1931), Donal Logue (1966), and Paul Haggis (1953).

Among MUSICIANS In Canada

Among musicians born in Canada, Paul Bley ranks 12Before him are Avril Lavigne (1984), Loreena McKennitt (1957), Gil Evans (1912), David Foster (1949), Diana Krall (1964), and Maynard Ferguson (1928). After him are Robbie Robertson (1943), Neil Peart (1952), Buffy Sainte-Marie (1941), Geddy Lee (1953), Bob Rock (1954), and Bob Ezrin (1949).

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