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Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow - Life Goes On Vinyl LP - direct audio

Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow - Life Goes On Vinyl LP

ECM Records

  • $ 2598


Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow Life Goes On Vinyl LP

A striking album of new music from pianist/composer Carla Bley, whose trio with Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow is now in its 25th year. Individual associations among the players go back much further: bassist Swallow first recorded music by Carla in 1961. The album, realized in the Auditorio Stelio Molo Studio in Lugano in May 2019, with Manfred Eicher producing, takes the form of three suites. The title piece begins as a stoical blues, at first melancholic then hopeful.

"Beautiful Telephones," inspired by a US president's first observation on entering the Oval Office, has plenty of Bley's dark wit. And "Copycat" explores the notion of call-and-response in fresh ways as the improvisers continue each other's thoughts. Throughout, Carla's distinctive piano, with its hints of Monk and Satie, is beautifully framed by Swallow's eloquent, elegant bass guitar and Sheppard's yearning saxes. This trio has a unique collective sound, reflecting – as The Telegraph recently noted – "musical mastery of a rare order."

Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow Life Goes On Track Listing:

1. Life Goes On
2. Life Goes On: On
3. Life Goes On: And On
4. Life Goes On: And Then One Day
5. Beautiful Telephones I
6. Beautiful Telephones II
7. Beautiful Telephones III
8. Copycat - After You
9. Copycat - Follow The Leader
10. Copycat


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