Love this tune. Looking at the lead sheet below, the key sig is D Major, but the resolutions sound and feel like G Major to me. There’s standard. Stream Carla Bley And Steve Swallow – Lawns (live) by aNtoN from desktop or your mobile device.
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I mean, I really like it.
But she is first and foremost a singular composer of elusive, intriguing, beautiful songs. Her partner Steve Swallow eschewed the double bass for an electric bass in the late s, a pioneering move for a progressive jazz musician.
But when you actually listen, you see that he more than holds his own. He is a full partner in making the music. This is what love at 60 should be. Not screaming and strutting or popping buttons and groaning.
At 17, inCarla hitchhiked from California to New York, where she got crla job as a cigarette girl in Birdland, a leading jazz venue. At 19 she married dour avant garde Montreal pianist Paul Bley for a while.
What’s going on in this tune? Carla Bley – Lawns.
Then she was married to Austrian avant garde trumpeter Michael Mantler from towith whom she pioneered the independent free jazz scene, establishing an artist-owned big band, record label and distribution agency bleh progressive jazz.
Does meaning have being? Why is there such suffering and pain? Where is the wellspring of wisdom? Thank you Kurt, both for your reading, and for getting me to go back and get past the hair.
I was quite aware of Carla before this. I listen to a fair amount of free jazz.
In the early s, the trio of Jimmy Giuffre reedsPaul Bley and Steve Swallow, made a series of free jazz recordings that speak to me very directly and strongly.
What can I say? Listen to the interplay between them. She puts up the coffee, he goes for the newspaper.
After breakfast, they make music. Two distinct and distinctive personalities. Speaking of Chinese torture music I am most familiar with Carla Bley from A Genuine Tong Funeral, a work released as a Gary Burton album but which Bley was very much behind as composer and the brains behind the sections that were brass not vibes.
It was the 60s and Blry was no doubt caught carlw in the meaning of it all, whatever that was supposed to be. But it has aged well in my mind, and I find myself going back to it a lot over the years.
I am not that familiar with a lot of her other work so thanks for the guidance. It was also way back then that I was introduced to a different version of Paul Bley playing Ida Lupino, on an obscure sampler album put out by ESP records.
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