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The Swallow Quintet: Into the Woodwork

Read "Into the Woodwork" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

È troppo affermare che da un consesso del genere sarebbe stato lecito attendersi qualcosa in più di un rotondo album di sostanziale mainstream, con venature soul-funky e qualche svisata nei pressi dell'easy listening ("Still There" e frammenti sparsi)? Per carità, la confezione è impeccabile, l'ascolto gradevole (pur facendosi via via, per forza di cose, un po' distratto), ...

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Carla Bley: Carla's Christmas Carols

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Nella sua bella maturità Carla Bley ha forse perso qualcosa dell'asprigna e acidula irriverente secchezza che contraddistingueva i suoi lavori più originali, ma ha certamente acquistato una capacità di scrittura che sa riflettere con arguzia la sua raffinatezza in ambito armonico e la sua sottigliezza in campo ritmico. E' tradizione musicale anglosassone che, in prossimità del Natale, strumentisti e ...

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Carla Bley: Carla's Christmas Carols

Read "Carla's Christmas Carols" reviewed by John Kelman

Carla's Christmas Carols? For many, the idea of their favorite jazz artist releasing an album of seasonal songs usually smells of crass commercialism or pure pandering, but leave it to pianist/composer/arranger Carla Bley to produce an album that's as reverentially in the spirit of the season as it gets, while being musically deep enough to fit ...

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Carla Bley and Her Remarkable Big Band: Appearing Nightly

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La giovane donna che distribuiva sigarette al Birdland e che pare sia riuscita a venderne un pacchetto a Paul Bley, nonostante questi fumasse notoriamente la pipa, ha continuato da allora a comporre musica con una dedizione assoluta, arrivando a creare uno dei corpus compositivi più importanti della storia del jazz. Oggi, a più di cinquant'anni da quelle vicende, ...

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Carla Bley Big Band: Appearing Nightly

Read "Carla Bley Big Band:  Appearing Nightly" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Carla Bley Big Band
Appearing Nightly
WATT
2008



Bandleader and musical provocateur Carla Bley is the Hector Berlioz of jazz. Her command of her large ensembles is complete and potent. Her composition, arrangement, and adaptation are intelligent with a sophisticated sense of humor. A superb pianist, Bley's true ...

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Carla Bley: The Lost Chords find Paolo Fresu

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Era scritto nelle stelle l’incontro tra la gran signora del jazz e il trombettista sardo. Sembrava perlomeno strano che la sofisticata, elegante, sottilmente ambigua scrittura di Carla Bley non avesse ancora incrociato la voce pura, essenziale, ricca di poesia di Paolo Fresu. E alla fine, come raccontato nelle divertenti note di copertina, complice la “soffiata“ del sassofonista Andy ...

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Carla Bley: The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu

Read "The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu" reviewed by Budd Kopman

On The Lost Chords Meet Paolo Fresu, Carla Bley has composed music for her quartet, plus the outstanding Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu that is just about the ideal mixture of beauty and intellect.

It is almost scandalous to write about a recording and give away its secrets to the unsuspecting listener who, in ...

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Carla Bley: The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu

Read "The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu" reviewed by John Kelman

Once Carla Bley finds musicians she likes, she sticks with them. Bassist Steve Swallow, also Bley's life partner, dates back with the pianist/composer/bandleader to Musique Mecanique (WATT, 1979). Saxophonist Andy Sheppard first appeared on Bley's classic Fleur Carnivore (WATT, 1989). She's recorded with both on the trio Songs with Legs (WATT, 1995), but it was on ...

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Carla Bley: The Lost Chords

Read "The Lost Chords" reviewed by Brian P. Lonergan

Pianist Carla Bley's supple Lost Chords quartet is a bit like a group of longtime dance partners--the individuals move in sure step together, but leave each other ample freedom to move. The musical result is an airy, spacious feel that doesn't sacrifice groove or drive.

Far from being strangers, the four notes in this chord ...

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Carla Bley: The Lost Chords

Read "The Lost Chords" reviewed by John Kelman

While she is perhaps better known for her large group work, including Fleur Carnivore , Goes to Church and last year's marvellous Looking for America , Carla Bley has experimented with smaller ensembles over the years, right down to duos and trios. But never, arguably, as successfully as with The Lost Chords , a pared down ...