Carla Bley

Born 11 May 1938.
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Jazz Library - Carla Bley

Pianist and composer Carla Bley joins Alyn Shipton to choose her essential records.

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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 Russell, Art Farmer, John Scofield and her ex-husband Paul Bley.

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  1. Review of Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu

    Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu 2007

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    Ms Bley in a fine combo with Paolo Fresu...
  2. Review of Looking For America

    Looking For America 2003

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    Carla Bley warms up the big band for her dissection of American patriotic song.
  3. Review of Selected Recordings

    Selected Recordings

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    This compilation is as good a survey of Bley's music as you're likely to find; in...
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