Carla Bley (born Lovella May Borg) is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and bandleader. An important figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960s, she is perhaps best known for her jazz opera Escalator over the Hill (released as a triple LP set), as well as a book of compositions that have been performed by many other artists, including Gary Burton, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Art Farmer, John Scofield and her ex-husband Paul Bley.
Carla Bley chronology. Are We There Yet? (1998). Looking for America (2002). While the entire eight-piece band is consistently a pleasure, some of the album's most appealing moments occur during several Bley/Swallow duet passages. The two have been performing and recording as a duo for many years, so in a certain sense the whole band seems to revolve around them".
Carla Bley: 4 X 4 by C. Andrew Hovan, published on November 1, 2000. Yeah, those duo discs with Steve Swallow and Carla Bley are nice, but give me a large ensemble and some Carla originals and then you’ve really got something. 4 x 4 surely is something else, perhaps Bley’s best and most charming work of the past several years. So, what’s with the title? Well, here’s the premise: pick four horns to put in front of a rhythm section of Bley on piano, Larry Goldings at the organ, Steve Swallow on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums (another foursome, right?).
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4 x 4 is an album by American composer, bandleader and keyboardist Carla Bley with a chamber ensemble recorded in Oslo in 1999 and released on the Watt/ECM label in 2000. While the entire eight-piece band is consistently a pleasure, some of the album's most appealing moments occur during several Bley/Swallow duet passages
Carla Bley, the dignified jazz composer, may at times be whimsical, but has never been in danger of turning fey. Her early jazz experiences with George Russell and the pianist Paul Bley, coupled with her wit and rigorous musicality, have seen to that. Bley made a single UK visit to Manchester on Tuesday, with the 4x4 multinational ensemble that recorded her latest album. This tight octet condenses all the harmonies, reveries, jokey diversions and volatile backdrops for improvisors that Bley originally developed for big bands.
Carla Bley's bands are always a mix of strong musical personalities, distinguished by what they bring to the music beyond just their chops. This octet, recorded in Oslo during a 1999 European tour, is more than just a scaled-down version of her recent big band, retaining crucial soloists like altoist Wolfgang Puschnig and trombonist Gary Valente, as well as gaining the looseness of a smaller ensemble. Bley is both a Romantic and an ironist, capable of wit broad and sly and music serene and turbulent. Exclusive discount for Prime members. Sample this album Artist (Sample).
|Blues In 12 Bars / Blues In 12 Other Bars||14:31|
|Sidewinders In Paradise||8:33|
|Les Trois Lagons (D'apres Henri Matisse)||(15:34)|
|WATT/30, 159 547-2||Carla Bley||4X4 (CD, Album)||WATT Works, ECM Records||WATT/30, 159 547-2||US||2000|
|WATT/30, 159 547-2||Carla Bley||4X4 (CD, Album)||WATT Works, ECM Records||WATT/30, 159 547-2||Germany||2000|