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Goes to Church
Carla Bley
Goes to Church
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Carla Bley's worship starts out as if her hefty big band of 17 players is at a sleepy, sun-heated Sunday afternoon service--at church to rest. Then the saxophone of Englishman Andy Sheppard, trumpet of Lew Soloff, and trom...  more »

      
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All Artists: Carla Bley
Title: Goes to Church
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: ECM Records
Release Date: 1/28/1997
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Swing Jazz, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731453368224, 0731453368224, 781182312722

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Carla Bley's worship starts out as if her hefty big band of 17 players is at a sleepy, sun-heated Sunday afternoon service--at church to rest. Then the saxophone of Englishman Andy Sheppard, trumpet of Lew Soloff, and trombone of Gary Valente make clear that Bley's will be a devotion of varied mood and spirit. Other soloists at this concert, recorded in 1996 at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy, include Karen Mantler on organ and harmonica and altoist Wolfgang Puschnig, also a senior figure in the Vienna Art Orchestra. In such pieces as "Exaltation/Religious Experience," Puschnig's tone, plangent and anxious, strikes just the right chord, thoughtful and uncertain about his chances of deliverance rather than simply worshipful. In general, the different instrumental voices constitute differing shades of supplication and fervor. Bley arranges handily, varying between all-out big-band blare and quieter spots for smaller groupings, often featuring herself on contemplative piano. And she writes with great command and balance. --Peter Monaghan

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N. Dorward | Toronto, ON Canada | 09/20/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The title of this disc is a small joke--it was recorded as part of the Umbria Jazz Festival in a church, not the kind of acoustic usually very appropriate for jazz but which sounds terrific here. But it's a significant choice of title, given the warm, gospelly vibe of the music, & titles like "Who Will Rescue You?" & "Exaltation" sit beside more ironic titles like "Permanent Wave". "Exaltation" is the one non-Bley piece--it's by the maverick American composer Carl Ruggles--& leads into a gorgeous medley that continues with "Religious Experience" & "Major". The band is in great form; the UK saxophonist Andy Sheppard is solid as always but the knockout player is Wolfgang Puschnig, formerly of the Vienna Art Orchestra. Their loss is Bley's gain. Lew Soloff & Gary Valente, Bley stalwarts, turn in some excellent work too.A highly enjoyable disc, & a highpoint in Carla Bley's large but rather uneven recorded output. Do try."