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Carla Bley


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.08 | 10 ratings

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4 stars Released in 1979, you might well ask: Does the music hold up? To my ears, mind and nervous system the answer is affirmative.

Is this Prog? If you like music that is adventurous and creative and experimental and innovative and has musicians locked in so tight with the material that the ensemble power of them at times gives you pause for happiness...if hearing music that you will hear nowhere else and catching the humor that is communicated through the sounds and hearing melodies and motifs that are relaxing and stimulating at the same time, then, Carla Bley's music is something you might want to check into at some point in your life.

There are a few voices on this album but not many. The only vocal per se is on Musique Mecanique ii (At Midnight).

If you Steely Dan fans ever wondered who Fagan and Becker were listening to when they were making music history fusing jazz and rock Carla is one of the answers (Weather Report and Keith Jarrett are a few others).

To be crystal clear: there is not much rock on this album. It's coming from a jazz/classical/avant garde/rock/human point of view. If you want a "21st Century Schizoid Man" it isn't here. There are echoes of classic albums like the Dan's "Aja", RTF's "Romantic Warrior", Weather Report's "Night Passage" and the work of Art Zoyd.

This is challenging music, so, be in the mood to be challenged when you hear it. Hope you enjoy it.

schizoidman | 4/5 |


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