Carla Bley: Ad Infinitum

Track

Ad Infinitum

Artist

Carla Bley (piano)

CD

The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu (WATT 34)

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Musicians:

Carla Bley (piano), Paolo Fresu (trumpet), Andy Sheppard (tenor sax, soprano sax), Steve Swallow (bass), Billy Drummond (drums).

Composed by Carla Bley

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Recorded: Studio La Buissonne, Pernes Les Fontaines, France. May 19 and 20, 2007

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Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Here we have a Carla Bley composition being given its third context. “Ad Infinitum” first appeared on her essential, large ensemble LP, Dinner Music. Years later, Bley and Steve Swallow took a far different approach on their duet record Go Together. With Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu brought into the Lost Chords fold, it sounds like saxophone player Andy Sheppard may have discovered a long-lost jazz brother. Sheppard takes a long, dynamic solo just past the song's midpoint that leads into some incredibly nuanced phrase trading between Sheppard and Fresu. Yes, the Lost Chords have definitely found something here.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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