January 1, 2009 – 12:19 pm

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Plays Christmas Carols [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Passionskirche, Berlin, Germany, December 4, 2008. Extracted from satellite broadcast. [However this MP3 version has been stepped down from its original 48kHz to 44KHz for audio CD conversion.]

OK… here’s one more for the road.

For those who are still in a festive mood, here’s an exquisite set that should brighten up anyone’s holidays and seems ideal for late night listening.

Because of Carla Bley’s long association with Charlie Haden, the opening O Tannenbaum sounds as if the Liberation Music Orchestra have taken an unexpected turn and are now tackling Christmas carols. Like a lot of the LMO’s music [which is probably due to Bley’s arrangements], the tracks are generally brass heavy though Silent Night And Day starts off with a simplicity that recalls Liz Story.

Thanks to joerg for sharing these tracks on the Dime site.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, this recording has never been officially released.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

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

Carla Bley, p, arr, lead
Steve Swallow, b
Tobias Weidinger, tp, glockenspiel
Axel Schlosser, tp
Christine Chapman, frh
Adrian Mears, tb
Ed Partyka, btb, tu

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  1. 13 Responses to “CARLA BLEY PLAYS CHRISTMAS CAROLS 2008”

  2. Wonderful recording and very timely.

    Happy new year to you and yours! All the best in 2009!


    By joe on Jan 4, 2009

  3. Thanks for reposting this gem. I lost this on an old hard drive - backup is not a dirty word!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Dec 23, 2009

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