May 20, 2014 – 5:02 am

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Featuring Carla Bley
Bremen 1966 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Lila Eule, Bremen, Germany; April 2, 1966. Very good to excellent FM broadcast.

Free jazz musician Carla Bley might be best known for her jazz opera Escalator Over The Hill and her works with the Liberation Music Orchestra. In 1966, she released Jazz Realities.

Reviewing the album, destination-out wrote:

Too knotty for post-bop. Too compositional for free improv. Not harmolodic enough to be mistaken for Ornette. Not skronky enough to have been released on ESP. Not aggressively avant, but slyly off-kilter. It’s achingly lovely one moment, and heedlessly unsettled the next. In short, too weird for most traditionalists and too seemly for most noiseniks.

This shape-shifting Whatsit from 1966 isn’t the sort of radical recording that remakes sound worlds. Instead, it’s the unusual album that deftly positions itself between various familiar modes and tones. Jazz Realities offers plenty of handles, but it doesn’t let you hang on to any of them for long. This is music aimed at the listener’s blind spot.

Thanks to Tomyoungster for sharing the tracks at Dime.

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FM (Nordwestradio; analog cable) - Audacity - xACT

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Generous 1/And Now, The Queen (Carla Bley) 9:46 (16.4MB)
Track 02. Doctor (Carla Bley) 8:24 (14.1MB)
Track 03. Oni Puladi (Carla Bley) 7:30 (12.6MB)
Track 04. Flags (Carla Bley) 8:54 (15.0MB)
Track 05. Closer (Carla Bley) 8:29 (14.3MB)
Track 06. Vashkar (Carla Bley) 6:35 (11.1MB)
Track 07. Walking Batterie Woman (Carla Bley, Michael Mantler) 4:59 (8.4MB)
55 mins

Carla Bley - piano
Michael Mantler - trumpet
Steve Lacy - soprano saxophone
Kent Carter - bass
Aldo Romano - drums

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  1. 3 Responses to “CARLA BLEY - BREMEN 1966”

  2. Thanks Big-O: this is a killer line-up from a period/locus that seeded a lot of things to come.

    By Reimer on May 22, 2014

  3. Big Outstanding gift for us Carla-lovers. Many thanks. Amazing that Walking Batterie-woman dates back that long ago.

    By not-that-guy on Jun 2, 2014

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