Bley, Carla

Looking for America

CD
Skivbolag: Watt/31
Inspelningsår: 2002
Utgivningsår: 2003
Artnr: 516794

Carla Bley är ett underverk, som pianist, kompositör och arrangör. Med sitt då och då hopsamlade storband utforskar hon här sitt hemland musikaliskt, bl a i en nästan 22 minuter lång svit kallad "The National Anthem". Solister som Gary Valente tb, Lew Soloff tp, Andy Sheppard ts och Wolfgang Puschnig as/fl spetsar anrättningen. Texthäfte med massor av intressanta bilder.

"In a year of patriotism run riot, leave it to composer, pianist, and bandleader Carla Bley to take a look for the heart of what makes it tick -- and what it means to be an Americanski. The Bley Big Band hadn't been around for a while, and this outing is a welcome return....this most Yankee band goes through the mysterious humor of Bley's sense of irony, harmony, and history to find out where the soul of America lies: in its music, its humor, its over-inflated vision of itself, its funkiness, its innovation, its blindness and crass gift for overstatement, or all of the above. Here, the nearly 22-minute "National Anthem" (comprised of a suite of short pieces with titles such as "OG Can UC?," "Whose Broad Stripes?," "Keep It Spangled," etc.) quotes from America's musical past, including "America the Beautiful," both football and military marches (is there a difference?), swing tunes, Dixieland, pop, and country & western, to state with verve that America is best viewed through the lens of a telescope....The set ends with the most bluesed-out read of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" in the history of American popular music. Soloff plays the grit and sweat in both the blues and the barnyard with his opening statement....Looking for America is a fun, innovative, and indefatigable album by one of the true geniuses in modern jazz." (Thom Jurek, allmusic.com)
Speltid 59:42.

  1. Grand Mother
  2. The National Anthem
  3. Step Mother
  4. Fast lane
  5. Los Cocineros
  6. Your Mother
  7. Tijuana traffic
  8. God Mother
  9. Old MacDonald had a farm


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