Carla Bley - One of the key figures in the Free Jazz movement.

Carla Bley – Christmas In Berlin -2008 – Past Daily Downbeat

Carla Bley - One of the key figures in the Free Jazz movement.

Carla Bley – One of the key figures in the Free Jazz movement.

Click on the link here for Audio Player: Carla Bley -Christmas Carols – Live In Berlin – 2008

Since we’re approaching knee-deep in the Christmas season, what better excuse to play the Carla Bley Christmas Carols Concert from Berlin in 2008 than now. As one of the leading lights in the Free Jazz Movement, Bley has been involved in an extraordinary number of projects, with a far ranging and diverse batch of fellow-travellers.

Here she is heading up a group consisting of the legendary Steve Swallow on bass, Tobias Weidinger on Trumpet and Glockenspiel, Axel Schlosser on Trumpet, Christine Chapman on French Horn, Adrian Mears on Trombone and Ed Partyka and Bass Trombone and Tuba. And of course the inimitable Carla Bley doing the arrangements as well as playing Piano and leading the ensemble.

In case you need a bit of reminding on the Carols being played, here goes:

01 O Tannenbaum 02:23
02 Silent Night And Day 08:35
03 Jingle Bells 03:22
04 The Christmas Song 05:25
05 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 05:35
06 O Holy Night – Joy To The World 08:29
07 God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen 09:46
08 O Come To Bethlehem, All Ye Faithful 05:53

I know ECM issued this concert commercially. This is rather the original broadcast, coming from RBB Kulturradio in Berlin on December 4, 2008.

A good time was had by all. A little something to set up the Christmas Tree with. No?

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1 Response

  1. cvllos says:

    An inspired arranger and beautiful interpretations.