Collecting Scalps with Paul Bley

In 2007, the photographer Phil Scalia wrote down a couple of his post-lunch conversations with the late great free jazz pianist Paul Bley (1932-2016), at Paul’s home in Cherry Valley, New York. These notes have become the book Collecting Scalps with Paul Bley. In twenty-three pages, Paul holds forth on Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, and others. Poet and essayist Charles Plymell, friend and neighbor of Bley, shares memories of Paul’s wit and wisdom in an afterword. Artist David Greenberger adds his drawing Footloose, based on Paul’s LP of the same name. Book is 23 pp, 5″ X 6.25″, with four previously unpublished photos.

Colophon: Designed and printed by Bill Roberts at Bottle of Smoke Press for Cherry Valley Editions. The cover is letterpress printed and die cut with a mounted postage stamp of a Phil Scalia photograph of Paul Bley. Published in 2016 in an edition of 110 copies, of which 100 copies are in wraps and signed by Phil Scalia, and ten deluxe copies which are bound in boards and signed by Phil Scalia, Charles Plymell, and Bill Roberts. Each deluxe edition contains a signed pigment print by Phil Scalia. The end sheets are printed via letterpress from the grooves of the Paul Bley LP Copenhagen and Haarlem.

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