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Paul Bley

1932 - 2016

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Paul Bley, CM (November 10, 1932 – January 3, 2016) was a jazz 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 synthesizers. 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 238,011 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Paul Bley is the 1,086th most popular musician (down from 998th in 2019), the 266th most popular biography from Canada (down from 239th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Canadian Musician.

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Among musicians, Paul Bley ranks 1,086 out of 2,662Before him are Johnny Clegg, Renée Fleming, Roy Harper, Hank Marvin, Chester Thompson, and Linda Perry. After him are Buckethead, Carl Cox, Lou Donaldson, Charles Dancla, Karl Bartos, and Ray Barretto.

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Among people born in 1932, Paul Bley ranks 261Before him are Richard Estes, Katherine Paterson, Paul R. Ehrlich, Edgar Reitz, Quentin Blake, and Chavalit Yongchaiyudh. After him are Arnold Wesker, Francisco Umbral, Franca Raimondi, Maria Itkina, John Vernon, and Hans Apel. Among people deceased in 2016, Paul Bley ranks 260Before him are Patty Duke, Nicole Courcel, Brigitte Hamann, Marco Pannella, Juan Mujica, and Luis María Echeberría. After him are Phyllis Schlafly, Edmonde Charles-Roux, Aurèle Nicolet, Arnold Wesker, Manuel Velázquez, and Miruts Yifter.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Paul Bley ranks 266 out of 1,350Before him are Colleen Dewhurst (1924), Patricia Churchland (1943), Michael Wincott (1958), Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville (1661), Michael Ignatieff (1947), and Garou (1972). After him are John Abbott (1821), Lothaire Bluteau (1957), Henry Czerny (1959), Henri Richard (1936), Hal Foster (1892), and August Schellenberg (1936).

Among MUSICIANS In Canada

Among musicians born in Canada, Paul Bley ranks 14Before him are David Foster (1949), Gil Evans (1912), Maynard Ferguson (1928), Neil Peart (1952), Robbie Robertson (1943), and Diana Krall (1964). After him are Bob Ezrin (1949), Bob Rock (1954), Geddy Lee (1953), Buffy Sainte-Marie (1941), Marc-André Hamelin (1961), and Calixa Lavallée (1842).