Carla Bley & Her Remarkable Big Band: Appearing Nightly At The Black Orchid

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Appearing Nightly At The Black Orchid

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Carla Bley & Her Remarkable Big Band

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Appearing Nightly (ECM B0011815-02)

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Musicians:

Carla Bley (piano),

Earl Gardner, Lew Soloff, Giampaolo Casati, Florian Esch (trumpets), Beppe Calamosca, Cary Valente, Gigi Grata, Richard Henry (trombones), Roger Jannotta (soprano & alto saxes, flute), Wolfgang Puschnig (alto sax, flute), Andy Sheppard, Christophe Panzani (tenor saxes), Julian Arguelles (baritone sax), Karen Mantler (organ), Steve Swallow (bass), Billy Drummond (drums)

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Composed by Carla Bley

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Recorded: The New Morning, Paris, France, July 17-18, 2006

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Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

I used to have this theory about Carla Bley's hair. It was formulated right around the time that her first Very Big Band record came out. To wit: Bley's "omni-directional" hairstyle was a direct result of the sheer force emanating from her horn section. Seriously, just look at the giant wall 'o brass her band is packin': four trumpets, four trombones, five saxes. It's enough to make anybody's coif go all Don King.

Seriously though, there's a very good reason that the horns are putting out a drastic amount of air, as Bley's compositions really put them through their paces. "Appearing Nightly" starts with a searching piano interlude that steps up a notch to Steve Swallow's and Billy Drummond's snappy bridge section that in turn introduces the rising horn section. Over the next 20-something minutes, many solos are taken (trumpet, sax, trombone) and all manner of side themes are injected. When the horns hit their peak, you'll wish you had brought along a fresh bottle of hair jell.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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