Fragments (album)

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Studio album by Paul Bley
Released 1986
Recorded January 1986
Genre Jazz
Length 54:05
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Paul Bley chronology
My Standard
The Paul Bley Quartet

Fragments is an album by Canadian jazz pianist Paul Bley recorded in 1986 and released on the ECM label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Stephen Cook awarded the album 4 stars stating "this 1986 session ranks high among his many solo and group outings for the label... Overcast and a bit icy as one might expect, but nevertheless Bley's Fragments makes for a consistently provocative and enjoyable listen".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz said "The writing and arranging are surprisingly below par and the recording isn't quite as clean as it might be".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Paul Bley except as indicated
  1. "Memories" - 7:26
  2. "Monica Jane" (Bill Frisell) - 7:09
  3. "Line Down" (John Surman) - 7:17
  4. "Seven" (Carla Bley) - 5:44
  5. "Closer" (Carla Bley) - 5:08
  6. "Once Around the Park" (Paul Motian) - 6:40
  7. "Hand Dance" - 2:54
  8. "For the Love of Sarah" (Motian) - 5:46
  9. "Nothing Ever Was, Anyway" (Annette Peacock) - 6:01
    • Recorded at Rainbow Studio in Oslo, Norway in January 1986.



  1. ^ ECM discography accessed August 29, 2011
  2. ^ a b Cook, S. Allmusic Review accessed August 29, 2011
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 133. ISBN 0141023279.