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.


M. Milner said...

Bley '78 http://www61.zippyshare.com/v/tXksg6e8/file.html

Scraps said...

I love this one. Carla Bley is great.