Jazz with Humor
miguel hiraldo | 02/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like Jazz? Like to laugh? - O yeah!, who doesn't?Bley's band, composition, and the improvisations on this album are very creatively, calculatedly bombastically humorous.440 starts with delightful expansion from a simple tuning procedure - a very tentative them walks down over an insistent pedal tone and driving beat. However, recalling Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, it seems arrogant by comparison, except that the rhythms are so hip, so good-naturedly cool that you wonder if the intention is to feign pretention, to parody.The trombonist, as featured in "Spanish Strains", lets out a very ticklish monolgoue with his fun, slippery-slidy technique, comical in the way a drunk might be.The 'mechaniques' guide the ear via expansive but risky harmonies, flavored with taps and ticks and jetting sounds occasionally - "At Midnight" is an overwhelming intimation of a fatigued dreamland that is yet beautiful and appealing (and hilariously non-sensical!). The musicians rhythmical precision is cause for many ooohs and ahhs as they mimic a scratch in a recording!Try it! It's *great fun!*"
Well, well, well ...Carla, you did it again
miguel hiraldo | miami, FL United States | 02/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is definitively Carlas best...The compositions are tight and very original (check samples)and as the title implies, it is all about mechanical structures with looser parts all around. The solos by some of the guys in the band are amazing ....not that they are fast or anything...they are totally original and wacky for the most part, and fit well with this type of music. In this period i think Carla did her best music...check "social studies" if you like this one. Highly recomended to Jazz , jazz rock and progressive / avant garde music fans!"