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European Tour 1977
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Recorded in a Berlin studio, this CD commemorates Carla Bley's first regular working band, a 10-piece group that could move with ease from rich chords and brassy splendor to pointed satire. It mixes New York jazz veterans-... more »
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Recorded in a Berlin studio, this CD commemorates Carla Bley's first regular working band, a 10-piece group that could move with ease from rich chords and brassy splendor to pointed satire. It mixes New York jazz veterans--such as trombonist Roswell Rudd and drummer Andrew Cyrille--with rocker Terry Adams from NRBQ on piano, Soft Machine members Hugh Hopper on bass and Elton Dean on alto, and the soul of the band, British tenor player Gary Windo. "Rose and Sad Song" reveals Bley's development of a distinctive harmonic language in the traditional big-band idiom, while "Wrong Key Donkey" develops turbulence with layered rhythms. The final, 19-minute "Star Spangled Minor..." is a collage of national anthems transposed into minor keys and mixed with many of Bley's earlier compositions. "King Korn," "Ida Lupino," and "The New National Anthem" collide with funhouse-mirror versions of Deutschland über Alles and La Marseillaise, along with some manic free-jazz soloing, all ending with "The Colonel Bogey March." --Stuart Broomer
fred udrah | south california | 08/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lush & dense spiky highbrow cocktail music.... intimate semi-big band which at times sounds like a fantasy of charles ives, frank zappa, & charles mingus, all playing together in one room.. Even tho the year is 1977, there are elements that are a precursor to what later became known as "world music". Every member of the troop plays acutely. Great Fun."
If Charles Ives had been born 75 years later...
m_noland | Washington, DC United States | 01/21/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"he might have written something like "Spangled Banner Minor and Other Patriotic Songs" which... plunders not only "The Star Spangled Banner," but "Deutschland Uber Alles," "La Marseillaise," and the "Colonel Bogey March" as well (hey, this was a _European_ tour). This disk is dated in a pleasant sort of way: some of the soloing is pretty "out there" and due to the economics, it is hard to imagine anyone touring today with a band like this one, consisting of ten musicians each formidable soloists in their own right. Bley's writing and arranging are strong. The 19 minute "Spangled Banner Minor..." is the standout cut."