Nothing to Declare (album)

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Nothing to Declare
Nothing to Declare( album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 27, 2004
RecordedMay 16, 2003 at Sound On Sound, NYC
LabelJustin Time JUST 199-2
ProducerJim West
Paul Bley chronology
Solo in Mondsee
Nothing to Declare
About Time

Nothing to Declare is a solo album by pianist Paul Bley recorded in 2003 and released on the Justin Time label in 2004.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Jazz Review5/5 stars[4]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 3½ stars stating "In all, Nothing to Declare is Bley's best outing for Justin Time thus far. It's simple in its presentation, but labyrinthine in its journeys".[3] All About Jazz said "Bley's lyricism has never been blunt or simplistic, and Nothing to Declare is nothing to be glossed over with a superficial listen, but it's sufficiently natural that the spontaneous leaps in logic make good sense".[5] Jazz Review noted "Nothing To Declare, while implying an international theme with its allusion to customs procedures, in fact refers to American standards and blues throughout the CD. Perhaps "nothing to declare" suggests disarming false humility, when the pianist and the listener know full well that Bley has a lot to declare and has been making important musical declarations for half a century".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Paul Bley

  1. "Nothing to Declare" - 18:39
  2. "Breakdown" - 15:47
  3. "Blues Waltz" - 14:15
  4. "8th Avenue" - 8:35



  1. ^ Paul Bley Catalog accessed June 18, 2014
  2. ^ Justin Time catalogue, accessed June 18, 2014
  3. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed June 18, 2014
  4. ^ a b Williamson, D., Jazz Review Review, September 3, 2004
  5. ^ AAJ Staff, All About Jazz Review, August 2, 2004