Album: Paul Bley, Annette (Hatology)

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Annette Peacock is the great, Zelig-like sphinx/muse figure of the jazz/pop avant-garde, connecting Albert Ayler to David Bowie. She doesn't appear on this 1992 trio recording featuring two ex-husbands, pianist Bley and bassist Gary Peacock, plus Austrian flugelhorn player Franz Koglmann, but 11 of the 12 numbers are her songs, while the title track is about her.

It's only half-good, and occasionally irritating, but Bley's opening version of the tune "Touching" is a killer. Peacock's own X-Dreams is great, if you can find it.