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Carla Bley live in Paris

Carla Bley Live
Page added Feb 19, 2015 Updated Mar 1, 2015

The iconic composer and arranger Carla Bley heads a 17-piece big band on this episode, recorded live at the New Morning Club in Paris.

The quirky and expressive side of Carla Bley has been captured perfectly on this big band recording of hers, tracked in 2006 at the New Morning Club in Paris. Bley is joined by her partner and long-time collaborator Steve Swallow (bass), as well as her daughter Karen Mantler (organ). Also in the band are her fellow 'Lost Chords Band' co-conspirators Andy Sheppard (alto sax) and Billy Drummond (drums). The 17 piece ensemble perform a number of Bley's compositions, as well as a swinging arrangement of Ray Noble's 'I Hadn't Anyone Till You.'

Tracks in this feature

1. 'Greasy Gravy'
2. 'Awful Coffee'
3. 'Appearing Nightly At The Black Orchid (medley)'
    - '40 On/20 Off'
    - 'Second Round'
    - 'What Would You Liek To Hear?'
    - 'Last Call'
4. 'Someone To Watch'
5. 'I Hadn't Anyone Till You' (R. Noble)

All compositions by Carla Bley except where indicated.

In the band

Earl Gardner; trumpet
Lew Soloff; trumpet
Giampaolo Casati; trumpet
Florian Esch; trumpet
Beppe Calamosca; trombone
Gary Valente; trombone
Gigi Grata; trombone
Richard Henry; trombone
Roger Jannotta; soprano and alto saxophone, flute
Wolfgang Puschnig; alto saxophone, flute
Andy Sheppard; tenor saxophone
Christophe Panzani; tenor saxophone
Julian Arguelles; baritone saxophone
Carla Bley; piano, leader
Karen Mantler; organ
Steve Swallow; bass
Billy Drummond; drums

Recorded Live at the New Morning Club, Paris July 17 and 18, 2006.
CD: Appearing Nightly by Carla Bley (WATT Works 172 5516)
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Feb 26, 2015. 9:00pm - 10:00pm

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Carla Bley (née Borg; born May 11, 1936) 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...

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