Sunday, February 10, 2019

Carla Bley Trio - Andando El Tiempo

Carla Bley, composer-piano
Andy Sheppard, sax
Steve Swallow, bass

The piece is about "addiction and recovery" as Carla Bley said in her clear but halting French introduction.  I have read that it is about one of her friends' alcoholism and recovery.  It hits home, powerfully. 

There aren't many other composers who composed at this level when they were in their 80s, none I can think of who not only composed but also performed their music at this level.  Steve Swallow who has played with her more and longer than anyone else has said that she has yet to play a cliche.  This trio has also been performing together for a long time, it's one of the great partnerships in the history of the music.

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