CARLA BLEY

Progressive Big Band / Post Bop / Avant-Garde Jazz / Post-Fusion Contemporary / Pop/Art Song/Folk / Jazz Related Soundtracks / 21st Century Modern • United States
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Post-bop jazz has produced only a few first-rate composers of larger forms; Carla Bley ranks high among them. Bley possesses an unusually wide compositional range; she combines an acquaintance with and love for jazz in all its forms with great talent and originality. Her music is a peculiarly individual type of hyper-modern jazz. Bley is capable of writing music of great drama and profound humor, often within the confines of the same piece. As an instrumentalist, she makes a fine composer; she plays piano and/or organ with most of her bands, and while her playing is always quite musical, it's clear that her strengths lie elsewhere. Bley's asymmetrical compositional structures subvert jazz formula to wonderful effect, and her unpredictable melodies are often as catchy as they are obscure. In the tradition of jazz's very finest composers and improvisers, Bley has developed a style of her very own, and the read more...
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Not Two Not OneNot Two Not One
Ecm Import 1999
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$18.99 (used)
Escalator Over The Hill [2 CD]Escalator Over The Hill [2 CD]
Reissued
ECM 2000
$17.45
$23.21 (used)
Dinner MusicDinner Music
Reissued
Watt Works / ECM Records 2000
$14.24
$12.47 (used)
SextetSextet
Reissued
Ecm Import 2000
$7.74
$7.74 (used)
TriosTrios
ECM 2013
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$5.47 (used)
The Very Big Carla Bley BandThe Very Big Carla Bley Band
Reissued
Ecm Import 2000
$12.77
$7.98 (used)
Looking for AmericaLooking for America
Imports 2003
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Armadillo World Headquarters Austin Texas March 27 1978Armadillo World Headquarters Austin Texas March 27 1978
HI HAT 2018
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CARLA BLEY Discography

CARLA BLEY albums / top albums

CARLA BLEY Jazz Realities album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Jazz Realities
Avant-Garde Jazz 1966
CARLA BLEY Escalator Over The Hill ( with Paul Haines) album cover 4.25 | 4 ratings
Escalator Over The Hill ( with Paul Haines)
Progressive Big Band 1971
CARLA BLEY Tropic Appetites (aka V.I.P.-Jazz 27) album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Tropic Appetites (aka V.I.P.-Jazz 27)
Progressive Big Band 1974
CARLA BLEY Dinner Music album cover 3.12 | 4 ratings
Dinner Music
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1977
CARLA BLEY European Tour 1977 album cover 3.98 | 4 ratings
European Tour 1977
Progressive Big Band 1978
CARLA BLEY The Carla Bley Band ‎: Musique Mecanique album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Carla Bley Band ‎: Musique Mecanique
Progressive Big Band 1979
CARLA BLEY Social Studies album cover 2.83 | 3 ratings
Social Studies
Progressive Big Band 1981
CARLA BLEY Mortelle Randonnée album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mortelle Randonnée
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1983
CARLA BLEY Heavy Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heavy Heart
Progressive Big Band 1984
CARLA BLEY Night-Glo album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Night-Glo
Progressive Big Band 1985
CARLA BLEY Sextet album cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
Sextet
Progressive Big Band 1987
CARLA BLEY Duets (with Steve Swallow) album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Duets (with Steve Swallow)
Post Bop 1988
CARLA BLEY The Very Big Carla Bley Band album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
The Very Big Carla Bley Band
Progressive Big Band 1991
CARLA BLEY Go Together (with Steve Swallow) album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Go Together (with Steve Swallow)
Post Bop 1993
CARLA BLEY Big Band Theory album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Big Band Theory
Progressive Big Band 1993
CARLA BLEY Fancy Chamber Music album cover 2.88 | 4 ratings
Fancy Chamber Music
Progressive Big Band 1998
CARLA BLEY 4X4 album cover 2.83 | 3 ratings
4X4
Progressive Big Band 2000
CARLA BLEY Looking for America album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Looking for America
Progressive Big Band 2003
CARLA BLEY The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2007
CARLA BLEY Carla's Christmas Carols (with Steve Swallow / Partyka Brass Quintet) album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Carla's Christmas Carols (with Steve Swallow / Partyka Brass Quintet)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2009
CARLA BLEY Trios album cover 3.38 | 2 ratings
Trios
Post Bop 2013
CARLA BLEY Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow : Andando el Tiempo album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow : Andando el Tiempo
21st Century Modern 2016

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CARLA BLEY live albums

CARLA BLEY Live! album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Live!
Progressive Big Band 1982
CARLA BLEY I Hate To Sing album cover 2.25 | 2 ratings
I Hate To Sing
Progressive Big Band 1984
CARLA BLEY Fleur Carnivore album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Fleur Carnivore
Progressive Big Band 1989
CARLA BLEY Songs With Legs (with Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow) album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Songs With Legs (with Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
CARLA BLEY The Carla Bley Big Band Goes to Church album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
The Carla Bley Big Band Goes to Church
Progressive Big Band 1996
CARLA BLEY Are We There Yet? (with Steve Swallow) album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Are We There Yet? (with Steve Swallow)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
CARLA BLEY Carla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow / Billy Drummond : The Lost Chords : The Lost Chords album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Carla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow / Billy Drummond : The Lost Chords : The Lost Chords
Post Bop 2004
CARLA BLEY Appearing Nightly album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Appearing Nightly
Progressive Big Band 2008
CARLA BLEY Armadillo World Headquarters Austin Texas March 27 1978 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Armadillo World Headquarters Austin Texas March 27 1978
Progressive Big Band 2018

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CARLA BLEY re-issues & compilations

CARLA BLEY Birds of Paradise album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Birds of Paradise
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
CARLA BLEY rarum: Selected Recordings album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
rarum: Selected Recordings
Progressive Big Band 2004

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Live In Montreal
Progressive Big Band 2002

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CARLA BLEY Trios

Album · 2013 · Post Bop
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"Trios", Carla Bley's first album for ECM (for decades, her previous releases were all self-produced with ECM as the distributor only) is an elegant collection of her classic compositions recorded in trio format (with her regular collaborators bassist Steve Swallow and British reedist Andy Sheppard). These are well-known songs we have heard in big band arrangements (often in more than just one version), but they sound different here, much more chamber in quality and very "European" as played by a drummer-less trio.

After all these decades, Carla still sounds more inventive than nostalgic, even on popular compositions. The musical material is extremely strong here, and a slightly melancholic atmosphere is tastefully spiced with humor and touches of Latin and French elegance. Recorded in one of the "southern" ECM studios in Swiss Lugano, this album's sound is warm and opposite to the classic ECM "cool & clear northern sound" as is usual for Oslo studio recordings. Bop and swing roots are both used as an excellent basis for injecting more life into "Trios", making it different from lifeless swing-less ECM recordings.

Not a revolutionary release, but a great album, one of those bringing fame to the ECM catalog.

CARLA BLEY European Tour 1977

Album · 1978 · Progressive Big Band
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Recorded in a Berlin studio for a small audience, this album is possibly the most rewarding Carla Bley album ever. Her 10-piece ensemble includes such different artists as NYC jazz veterans trombonist Roswell Rudd and drummer Andrew Cyrille, rock pianist Terry Adams, ex-Soft Machine members Hugh Hopper on bass and Elton Dean on alto and British tenor player Gary Windo.

There are just four compositions, but all them are full of melodies, humor, brassy big-band arrangements and lots of Canterbury rock atmosphere. The album's closer, a 19+ minutes long " Spangled Banner Minor And Other Patriotic Songs" is a mix of national anthems (incl "Deutschland über Alles" and "La Marseillaise") brewed in one funny cocktail full of free-jazz and humor.

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