Carla Bley

Life Goes On (ECM 2669 LP)

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Life Goes On

Carla Bley

ECM

602508548260

LPS 159503

ECM 2669 LP

JAZZ

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LP 15,69 €

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. So when Bley says “Life Goes On”, a lot of life is alluded to. The album, realized in the Auditorio Stelio Molo Studio in Lugano in May 2019, with Manfred Eicher producing, takes the form of three suites. The title piece begins as a stoical blues, at first melancholic then hopeful. “Beautiful Telephones”, inspired by a US president’s first observation on entering the Oval Office, has plenty of Bley’s dark wit. And “Copycat” explores the notion of call-and-response in fresh ways as the improvisers continue each other’s thoughts. Throughout, Carla’s distinctive piano, with its hints of Monk and Satie, is beautifully framed by Swallow’s eloquent, elegant bass guitar and Sheppard’s yearning saxes. This trio has a unique collective sound, reflecting – as The Telegraph recently noted – “musical mastery of a rare order”.

PERSONNEL:

  • CARLA BLEY, piano
  • ANDY SHEPPARD, tenor, soprano saxophone
  • STEVE SWALLOW, bass

Recorded May 2019

TRACKS:

  • SIDE A:
  • LIFE GOES ON
  • 01. Life Goes On
  • 02. On
  • 03. And On
  • 04. And Then One Day
  • SIDE B:
  • BEAUTIFUL TELEPHONES
  • 01. I
  • 02. II
  • 03. III
  • COPYCAT
  • 04. After You
  • 05. Follow The Leader
  • 06. Copycat