Thursday, June 7, 2018

Carla Bley and Steve Swallow - 1998-10-31, Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, Zurich, Switzerland

It's June, which means I'm busier at work, and when combined with cool coming-out-as-trans stuff, my free time is stretched as thin as it ever gets. So there's less time to relax and listen to bootleggy goodness.

But I still have some time, and this is a show I've been digging lately. It's a nice gig featuring just Carla Bley and Steve Swallow playing as a duo, and there's some nice moments: an opening improvisation, a working of "King Korn," and the lengthy "Blues in Twelve Bars." This is a period of her music I'm not overly familiar with: I know Are We There Yet was recorded on this tour, but I don't think any of the material on that is present here.

Bley's piano playing is in fine form here, and meshes with with Swallow's bass. As it should: they've been playing together for a very long time, and by 1998 had recorded two duo albums. But what makes this era neat is the amount of material Swallow brought to the table: "A Dog's Life," and "Satie For Two" are both his. So in all, tons of fun for Bley fanatics!

1 comment:

M. Milner said...

Bley '98: