Carla Bley - Trios
LONDON Kings Place (Hall One)
90 York Way
Long revered as one of the most individual jazz composers of our time, Carla Bley’s meticulously crafted music has absorbed generations of listeners since she emerged during the 60s, making a massive impact with her seminal jazz opera, Escalator over the Hill.
Her work for a series of larger ensembles – mostly her own groups, but also writing for Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra – has been acclaimed over the decades, but much of her activity over the past 20 years has steered towards the intimate setting of her trio with long-term associates, the British saxophonist Andy Sheppard, and master bassist Steve Swallow.
The interaction between Sheppard’s eloquently serpentine soloing, Swallow’s imaginatively structured grooves and Bley’s distinctively quirky and deceptively simple piano lines, combines to form what is perhaps the most engaging small groups in today’s jazz – all fired by the leader’s wholly personal compositions, resonant of Ellington, Monk and Kurt Weill, but with a resolute musicality and wit that is entirely Carla Bley.
Their most recent recordings are to be found on ECM Records.
‘ Distilled, playful, leisurely magic ’
‘ Sonic optimism comes through in a unified threefold joy. ’