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Radio & Podcasts

Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday

Read "Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the birthdays of Jazz Masters Carla Bley in the first hour and Betty Carter in the second, plus new releases from Ruben Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquestra, Rebecca Kilgore and the Keith Brown Trio. Other birthday shoutouts include Virginia Mayhew, Karin Krog, Nadje Noordhuis, Kate Reid and Grace Kelly, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown.Playlist Virginia Mayhew Quartet “Medi ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Elevator to Hell!

Read "Elevator to Hell!" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Sometimes the boys just can't agree. This is one of those times. Two new selections split them down the middle (though they at least “like" both selections), while one of the two oldies drives poor Mike (and Mike's family) up the proverbial wall (or is that escalator?) Odd crooner Scott Walker and the Giles Martin remix of Abbey Road are the focus of pop matters. Playlist Discussion of Matt Ulery's album Pollinator (Woolgathering Records) 1:40 Discussion of ...

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Interview

Meet Carla Bley

Read "Meet Carla Bley" reviewed by Craig Jolley


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in October 2000. A Genuine Tong Funeral (RCA). 1967 record by Gary Burton quartet with orchestra; music composed and arranged by Bley. It was my first big break. After the Funeral I did quite a few big projects. After all this time it's going to be performed next March at Iowa State University. The faculty of the music department approached me. They were just talking about ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Mothers Day with Birthday Celebrations for Mary Lou Williams and Carla Bley

Read "Mothers Day with Birthday Celebrations for Mary Lou Williams and Carla Bley" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The Mothers Day broadcast included new releases from the Posi-Tone Swingtet, bassist Anne Mette Iversen, vocalists Joan Watson-Jones, Rachelle Garniez, and Diane Schuur plus the Charles Pillow Ensemble, with birthday shout-outs to Carla Bley and Mary Lou Williams as well as a nod to a few Jazz Mothers and their children. Thanks for your continued support and please support these artists and their music. Playlist Posi-Tone Swingtet “Dry Clean Only" from One For 25 (Posi-Tone) 00:00 Rebecca Kilgore ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Jon Christensen + Carla Bley, Reverso, Jason Palmer & Other New Releases

Read "Jon Christensen + Carla Bley, Reverso, Jason Palmer & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Second part of this week's review of new and upcoming releases [for the first part click here], showcasing new ECM releases by Carla Bley and Oded Tzur, the nordic forays of pianist Alessandro Sgobbio with his new project Silent Fires and a preview of the stunning new album by Jason Palmer which was recorded live at the InterContinental New York Barclay, in partnership with Jimmy and Dena Katz's Giant Step Arts, as part of the concert series curated by Mondo ...

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Radio & Podcasts

New albums from Carla Bley, Lisa Hilton, Mark Godfrey, Nutria and Oded Tzur.

Read "New albums from Carla Bley, Lisa Hilton, Mark Godfrey, Nutria and Oded Tzur." reviewed by Bob Osborne


There is a striking album of new music from pianist/composer Carla Bley, whose trio with Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow is now in its 25th year. Individual associations among the players go back much further: bassist Swallow first recorded music by Carla in 1961. Bley's distinctive piano, with its hints of Monk and Satie, is beautifully framed by Swallow's eloquent, elegant bass guitar and Sheppard's yearning saxophones. This trio has a unique collective sound. The award winning composer ...

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Album Review

Carla Bley: Life Goes On

Read "Life Goes On" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


After decades of illuminating and revealing work, reveling in and breaking free of shadows, it is those same shadows that still inspire and inform Carla Bley. Which perhaps explains why the title track of Life Goes On rolls in on the 12-bar like a music obsessed, post-bop cigarette girl absorbing Count Basie at Birdland in the 1950s. So let's take a brief moment to be thankful for the odd, out of time quirks that have brought us to this same ...


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