Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Carla Bley - 1978-03-27, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX

Keeping the women's month vibe going, here's another great set from Carla Bley in her prime.

This set has some nice tunes: "440," which you may remember from music class is A note you tune your instrument against, "Ida Lupino," and my fave of the bunch, "Wrong Key Donkey."

As you may have guessed, this is a nice slice of the less serious side of Bley's music. She toys with key signatures and tones, making music that doesn't take itself seriously, but is far from a joke. In a few years she'd take this to an extreme: Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports was packed with a sharp, hilarious wit. But even here you can see the seeds of that great record.

I think this is also a nice example of the Austin scene in full effect: the Armadillo hosted all kinds of music, from Willie Nelson to Frank Zappa. I can't imagine too many other venues in Texas would've hosted Bley's euro-centric jazz at the time, so it's very cool to see that she made inroads here.

  1. talk
  2. 440
  3. Ida Lupino
  4. Jesus Maria and Other Spanish Strains
  5. Drinking Music
  6. Wrong Key Donkey

7 comments:

M. Milner said...
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Scraps said...

I love this one. Carla Bley is great.

Lupine Assassin said...

I missed this one. Please re-upload this. Thanks.

M. Milner said...
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David said...

Hi, is it possible to repost please? Thanks!

R. Milner said...

sure thing! Here ya go: https://we.tl/t-eQBS1epnwI

David said...

Thank you!