Annette Peacock

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Annette Peacock
Era Contemporary
Notable work Abstract-Contact, Sky-skating, I Have No Feelings, The Perfect Release, X-Dreams, I'm The One, I Belong To A World That's Destroying Itself, An Acrobat's Heart

Annette Peacock is an American composer, arranger, producer, musician, writer, singer.


Born in 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, Annette began composing at age four.[1] Her mother was a violist in the San Diego and Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestras.

At 19, Annette married jazz bassist Gary Peacock. At the beginning of the '60s she toured with Albert Ayler, studied Zen macrobiotics with Michio Kushi, and was a close associate of Timothy Leary at the psychedelic center in Millbrook.[1]

In 1964, pianist Paul Bley first began featuring her avant-garde compositions - ultimately on over 60 records. She and Bley were married in 1966.[2][3] At the end of the 1960s she and Bley became strongly associated with the musical possibilities of the newly-emergent synthesizer. Given a prototype by Robert Moog Annette is thought to have been the first to use one to process her voice.[1] As well as playing electric bass, electric piano and electric vibraphone - most notably at Town Hall, and a concert produced by Annette at Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center (NY) which she promoted with spots on late night TV and a guest appearance on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.

In 1969 Peacock and Bley recorded a live performance of the Bley-Peacock Synthesizer Show at the in New York - the release of Revenge: The Bigger the Love the Greater the Hate thwarted by Polydor until 1971. It was later remastered, repackaged, and retitled I Belong to a World That's Destroying Itself. (track3) and released on her own ironicrecords label. This was followed by Dual Unity and Improvisie on which she performs with Paul Bley and Han Bennink. These two live albums were produced by Annette and are primarily instrumental.

In 1971 I'm the One was recorded (voted by the journalists of WIRE magazine as one of the top 100 records that "set fire to the world") and released by RCA in 1972. when she appeared as a "Hologram" in a collaboration and show with Salvador Dalí. After which came the first gap of six years until her next release X-Dreams, when she was also recording with Allan Holdsworth on Bill Bruford's first solo project, the prog-rock/jazz fusion classic Feels Good to Me, followed by her next album The Perfect Release, 1979.

She launched her own indie label Ironic Records in the UK with the single "Sky-skating", and issued four albums from 1981 to 1988 (see discography).

Producer Manfred Eicher commissioned Annette in 1997 to compose a project for string quartet and herself on piano and voice. After 3 years of composing and arranging, and a recording silence of 12 years, An Acrobat's Heart was released in 2000 by ECM.[4] This followed ECM's 1997 double CD tribute to Annette's 1964 - 1969 catalog of compositions: "Nothing Ever Was, Anyway - Music of Annette Peacock".[4]

Her song "My Mama Never Taught Me How to Cook" was included in the soundtrack of director Kevin Smith's 1998 film Chasing Amy.

At the beginning of 2006, she started-up her own label again ironic US with an unpromoted release 31:31. At the same time the result of her collaboration with Coldcut, "Just for the Kick", was released on their current album Sound Mirrors distributed by Ninja Tune.

Her music has also been recorded by David Bowie, Brian Eno, Mick Ronson, Al Kooper, Pat Metheny, Busta Rhymes, J-Live, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Morcheeba. In November 2015, Annette Peacock will do a rare performance at Le Guess Who? Festival as part of a four-day program presented by drone band Sunn O))).[5]

Selected discography[edit]


  • Bley-Peacock Synthesizer Show "Revenge" The Bigger the Love the Greater the Hate (Polydor, 1968)
  • Annette Peacock I'm The One (RCA, 1972);
  • Annette & Paul Bley: Dual Unity (Freedom, 1972)
  • Improvisie (America, 1972)
  • X-Dreams (Aura UK, 1978)
  • The Perfect Release (Aura UK, 1979)
  • Sky-skating (ironicrecords, 1981)
  • "Been in the Streets Too Long" (ironicrecords, 1983)
  • I Have No Feelings (ironicrecords, 1986)
  • Abstract-Contact (ironicrecords, 1988)
  • An Acrobat's Heart (ECM, 2000)
  • 31:31 (ironic US, 2006)
  • I'm The One CD reissue (ironic US, 2010) at:, Amazon & CD Baby
  • "I Belong To A World That's Destroying Itself." aka Revenge (ironic US, 2014) at:, Amazon & CD Baby


  • The Collection (Aura UK, 1982)
  • My Mama Never Taught Me How to Cook" (Sanctuary, 2004)


  • Don't Be Cruel / Dear Bela (Aura, 1978)
  • Love's Out to Lunch / Rubber Hunger (Aura, 1979)
  • Sky-skating / Taking It as It Comes (ironicrecords, 1981)

Compositions appeared on[edit]

  • 1965: Paul Bley Trio - Touching ("Touching", "Both" & "Cartoon")
  • 1966: Paul Bley Trio - Closer ("Cartoon")
  • 1967: Paul Bley - Ramblin' ("Both", "Albert's Love Theme" & "Touching")
  • 1967: Paul Bley, Gary Peacock, Barry Altschul - Vituosi ("Butterflies" & "Gary") These 2 titles are the entire album.
  • 1968: Paul Bley - Mr. Joy ("Kid Dynamite", "Nothing Ever Was, Anyway", "El Cordobes", "Touching", "Blood" & "Mr. Joy")
  • 1968: Paul Bley - Turning Point ("Mr. Joy" & "Kid Dynamite")
  • 1968: Karin Krog and Friends - Joy ("Mr. Joy")
  • 1970: Paul Bley & Gary Peacock - Paul Bley with Gary Peacock ("Gary" & "Albert's Love Theme") These 2 titles are the entire album.
  • 1971: Paul Bley - The Paul Bley Synthesizer Show ("Mr. Joy", "The Archangel", "Nothing Ever Was, Anyway", "Gary", "Snakes", "Parks" & "Circles") These 7 titles are the entire album.
  • 1971: Paul Bley - Ballads ("Ending", "Circles" & "So Hard It Hurts") These 3 titles are the entire album.
  • 1972: Paul Bley - Open, to Love ("Open, to Love" & "Nothing Ever Was, Anyway")
  • 1973: Al Kooper - Naked Songs ("Been and Gone")
  • 1973: Paul Bley & Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen - Paul Bley/NHØP ("Gesture Without Plot")
  • 1974: Mick Ronson - Slaughter on 10th Avenue ("I'm the One") & (7 Days)
  • 1974: Paul Bley & Jaco Pastorius - Jaco ("Blood")
  • 1975: Paul Bley – Alone, Again ("Dreams")
  • 1978: Bill Bruford - Feels Good to Me ("Adios A La Pasada (Goodbye to the Past)")
  • 1986: Paul Bley - Fragments ("Nothing Ever Was, Anyway")
  • 1992: Paul Bley, Franz Koglmann, Gary Peacock - Annette ("Touching" (2 takes), "El Cordobes", "Cartoon", "Albert's Love Theme", "Kid Dynamite", "Miracles", "Blood (2 takes), "Both", "Mister Joy")
  • 1996: Marilyn Crispell, Gary Peacock & Paul Motian -Nothing Ever Was, Anyway: Music of Annette Peacock ("Nothing Ever Was, Anyway", "Butterflies That I Feel Inside Me", "Open, to Love", "Cartoon", "Albert's Love Theme", "Dreams (If Time Weren't)", "Touching", "Both", "You've Left Me", "Miracles", "Ending" & "Blood") These 12 titles constitute the whole of a double album.


  1. ^ a b c Adler, David. "Annette Peacock: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  2. ^ IMDb.
  3. ^ Francis Davis, Like Young: Jazz, Pop, Youth and Middle Age (Da Capo Press, 2002; ISBN 0306811863,), p. 110.
  4. ^ a b Williamson, Don (2000-11-01). "An Acrobat's Heart". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  5. ^ "Le Guess Who? Festival official site". Retrieved 17 June 2015. 

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