Carla Bley: Ad Infinitum
Carla Bley (piano)
The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu (WATT 34)
Composed by Carla Bley.
Recorded: Studio La Buissonne, Pernes Les Fontaines, France. May 19 and 20, 2007
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