Carla Bley

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Carla Bley (née Lovella May Borg; born May 11, 1936) is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and bandleader. An important figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960s, she is perhaps best known for her jazz opera Escalator Over The Hill (released as a triple LP set), as well as a book of compositions that have been performed by many other artists, including Gary Burton, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Art Farmer, John Scofield and her ex-husband Paul Bley.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Jazz Realities Carla Bley 1
1971 Escalator Over the Hill Carla Bley & Paul Haines 2
1974 Tropic Appetites Carla Bley 3
1983 The Ballad of the Fallen Charlie Haden & Carla Bley 1
1984 Heavy Heart Carla Bley 3 2
1985 Night-Glo Carla Bley with Steve Swallow 1
1987 Dinner Music Carla Bley 1
1987 Sextet Carla Bley 2
1988 Duets Carla Bley & Steve Swallow 2
1991 The Very Big Carla Bley Band Carla Bley 1
1993 Go Together Carla Bley & Steve Swallow 1
1993 Big Band Theory Carla Bley 1
1995 Songs With Legs Andy Sheppard / Carla Bley / Steve Swallow 1
1998 Fancy Chamber Music Carla Bley 1
1999 Are We There Yet? Carla Bley & Steve Swallow 1
2000 4x4 Carla Bley 1
2004 The Lost Chords Carla Bley 1
2007 The Lost Chords find Paolo Fresu Carla Bley 1
2007 The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu Carla Bley 1
2008 Appearing Nightly Carla Bley 1
2009 Carla's Christmas Carols Carla Bley, Steve Swallow & The Partyka Brass Quintet 1
2013 Trios Carla Bley 1
2016 Andando El Tiempo Carla Bley 1
Looking for America Carla Bley 1
rarum: Selected Recordings Carla Bley 1
Social Studies Carla Bley 1
The Carla Bley Big Band Goes to Church Carla Bley 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Live! Carla Bley 4 1
I Hate to Sing Carla Bley 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Mortelle Randonnée Carla Bley 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Fleur Carnivore Carla Bley 2
European Tour 1977 Carla Bley 1

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