Carla Bley Trio - Live from Uppsala, Sweden
Carla Bley Trio (L-R) Steve Swallow, Andy Shepherd, Carla Bley - the quest for Musical Comfort Food continues.

Carla Bley Trio – Live from Sweden 2015 – Past Daily Downbeat

Carla BleyTrio - Live from Uppsala, Sweden

Carla Bley Trio (L-R) Steve Swallow, Andy Shepherd, Carla Bley – the quest for Musical Comfort Food continues.

Carla Bley Trio – live from Uppsala Sweden – November 7, 2015 – Sveriges Radio P2, Stockholm –

Carla Bley Trio this weekend. The past few days have been personal quests for Musical Comfort Food; that music which soothes the soul, offers solace and brings optimism, along with strength and a certain psychic nod that indicates everything will be okay, no matter what.

Carla Bley is one of the foremost American composer/arrangers of Contemporary Music/Jazz (one in the same, as far as I’m concerned) since the 1960s. It is, at once, expansive and evocative. And on closer inspection, engaging, adventurous and fulfilling.

Hers is a music that offers an intricate landscape and a myriad of tones and colors – all in synchronous fit.

Her colleagues, Steve Swallow on bass and Andy Shepherd on sax are the perfect ensemble – they help set the scene and offer their points of view. The end result is a tapestry that begs repeated viewings.

This concert, from Uppsala Sweden in 2015, is part of a celebration of music written by Carla Bley. This concert is strictly the trio. There was a later concert which featured a Big Band performing her larger pieces. I hope to include that one in the coming weeks. In addition to her own big Band and her trio, she has collaborated with a wide range of artists, from Art Farmer, Gary Burton and Charlie Haden to Jack Bruce and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason.

Although she is quite well known in Jazz and Contemporary music circles, I suspect she’s not well known outside of that, certainly not within the confines of the mainstream. And that’s a shame. This is music for people to wrap their heads around, even if they aren’t fans of Jazz or Contemporary music.

So if you aren’t familiar with the music of Carla Bley, or haven’t heard her trio (I posted a BBC Concert with this trio a couple of years ago), please take an hour off and check this one out. It’s well worth it.

I promise.



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2 Responses

  1. Maria says:

    Absolutely BRILLIANT concert! I started listening to Carla Bley during a fad I had off listening and playing classical music, and I loved what I heard then. And this is just outstanding!! I still have my first LP of her… It was horribly expensive. I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and it is complicated to get good things that will keep, quality wise…Thanks millions!!