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Carla Bley
Carla Bley was born in 1938. Her father, a church musician, gave her the first lessons of music. At the early age of 17, Carla went to New York where she worked as a pianist and composer. She married Paul Bley for whom she created compositions, too. Later, in 1964, Carla formed the Jazz Composers Guild Orchestra, together with her second husband Michael Mantler.
 
Her first recording to achieve a wider recognition was "A Genuine Tong Funeral" with the Gary Burton Quartet (1967). She continued her compositional works with arrangements for Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra (1969) and the composition "Escalator over the Hill" (1971), which led her on the road to success.
 
In the 70's and 80's, Carla had her own groups of six and ten musicians with whom she toured through the USA and Europe.
contact:
homepage: www.wattxtrawatt.com
on tour Click on the logo to see Carla's tour dates.

 

Discography
Jazz Realities
Fontana 881 010 ZY
released 1966
recorded January 1966 in Baarn/The Netherlands
Carla Bley, piano, organ
Steve Lacy, soprano sax
Mike Mantler, trumpet
Kent Carter, bass
Aldo Romano, drums
A Genuine Tong Funeral
RCA Victor LSP-3988
released 1968
recorded July 1967 in New York City/USA
Gary Burton, vibes
Carla Bley, organ, piano, conductor
Larry Coryell, guitar
Steve Swallow, bass
Lonesome Dragon, drums
Steve Lacy, soprano sax
Mike Mantler, trumpet
Leandro 'Gato' Barbieri, tenor sax
Jimmy Knepper, trombone, bass trombone
Howard Johnson, tuba, baritone sax
Escalator Over The Hill
JCOA-3LP-EOTH
released 1971
recorded November 1968, November 1970, March 1971, June 1971 in New York/USA
Carla Bley, organs, piano, celeste, chimes, composition
Roswell Rudd, trombone
Perry Robinson, clarinet
Gato Barbieri, tenor sax
Charlie Haden, bass
Michael Mantler, ring modulated piano, percussion
Don Preston, synthesizer
John McLaughlin, guitar
Jack Bruce, bass
Paul Motian, drums
The Carla Bley Orchestra
Tropic Appetites
Watt/1
released 1974
recorded September 1973/February 1974 in New York/USA
Carla Bley, voice, recorders, piano, clavinet, organ, marimba, celeste, percussion
Julie Tippetts, voice
Gato Barbieri, tenor sax, percussion
Howard Johnson, voice, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano sax, baritone sax, bass sax, tubas
Dave Holland, cello, basses
Michael Mantler, trumpet, valve trombone
Toni Marcus, violin, viola
Paul Motian, drums, percussion
No Answer
Watt/2
released 1974
recorded February/July 1973 in New York/USA
Carla Bley, piano, clavinet, organs
Jack Bruce, voices, guitar
Don Cherry, trumpet
music by Michael Mantler
words by Samuel Beckett
Silence
Watt/5
released 1977
recorded January 1976 in New York/USA
Carla Bley, piano, voice, organ
Robert Wyatt, voice, percussion
Kevon Coyne, voice
Chris Spedding, guitar
Ron McClure, basses
Clare Maher, cello
music by Michael Mantler
Dinner Music
Watt/6
released 1977
recorded January 1976 in New York/USA
Carla Bley, piano, vocal, organ, tenor sax
Roswell Rudd, trombone
Carlos Ward, alto sax, tenor sax, flute
Michael Mantler, trumpet
Bob Stewart, tuba
Richard Tee, piano
Eric Gale, guitar
Cornell Dupree, guitar
Gordon Edwards, bass guitar
Steve Gadd, drums
Movies
Watt/7
released 1978
recorded November 1977 in New York/USA
Michael Mantler, trumpet
Larry Coryell, guitar
Carla Bley, piano, synthesizer, tenor sax
Steve Swallow, bass
Tony Williams, drums
European Tour 1977
Watt/8
released 1978
recorded September 1977 in München/Germany
Carla Bley, organ, tenor sax
Michael Mantler, trumpet
Elton Dean, alto sax
Gary Windo, tenor sax
John Clark, French horn, guitar
Roswell Rudd, trombone
Bob Stewart, tuba
Terry Adams, piano
Hugh Hopper, bass guitar
Andrew Cyrilee, drums
Musique Mecanique
Watt/9
released 1979
recorded August/November 1978 in New York/USA
Carla Bley, organ, piano
Michael Mantler, trumpet
Alan Braufman, alto sax, clarinet, flute
Gary Windo, tenor sax, bass clarinet
John Clark, French horn
Roswell Rudd, trombone
Bob Stewart, tuba
Terry Adams, piano, electric pump organ
Steve Swallow, bass
D. Sharpe, drums
Charlie Haden, bass
Eugene Chadbourne, guitars
Karen Mantler, glockenspiel
More Movies
Watt/10
released 1980
recorded August 1979/March 1980 in New York/USA
Carla Bley, organ, piano
Michael Mantler, trumpet
Philip Catherine, guitar
Gary Windo, tenor sax
Steve Swallow, bass
D. Sharpe, drums
Social Studies
Watt/11
released 1981
recorded September/December 1980 in New York/USA
Carla Bley, organ, piano
Michael Mantler, trumpet
Carlos Ward, soprano sax, alto sax
Tony Dagradi, tenor sax, clarinet
Gary Valente, trombone
Joe Daley, euphonium
Earl McIntyre, tuba
Steve Swallow, bass
D. Sharpe, drums
Live!
Watt/12
released 1982
recorded August 1981 in San Francisco/USA
Carla Bley, organ, glockenspiel, piano
Michael Mantler, trumpet
Steve Slagle, alto sax, soprano sax, flute
Tony Dagradi, tenor sax
Gary Valente, trombone
Vincent Chancey, French horn
Earl McIntyre, tuba, bass trombone
Arturo O'Farrill, piano, organ
Steve Swallow, bass
D. Sharpe, drums
I Hate To Sing
Watt/12½
released 1984
recorded January 1983 in New York/USA
Carla Bley, organ, glockenspiel
Michael Mantler, trumpet
Steve Slagle, soprano sax, alto sax, clarinet
Tony Dagradi, tenor sax
Gary Valente, trombone
Vincent Chancey, French horn
Bob Stewart, tuba
Earl McIntyre, tuba
Arturo O'Farrill, piano Steve Swallow, bass
D. Sharpe, drums
Heavy Heart
Watt/14
released 1984
recorded September/October 1983 in New York/USA
Carla Bley, organ, sythesizer
Steve Slagle, flute, alto sax, baritone sax
Hiram Bullock, guitar
Gary Valente, trombone
Kenny Kirkland, piano
Steve Swallow, bass
Victor Lewis, drums
Manolo Badrena, percussion
Michael Mantler, trumpet
Earl McIntyre, tuba
Night-glo
Watt/16
released 1985
recorded June/August 1985 in New York/USA
Carla Bley, organ, synthesizers
Steve Swallow, bass
Larry Willis, piano
Hiram Bullock, guitar
Victor Lewis, drums
Manolo Badrena, percussion
Paul McCandless, oboe, English horn, soprano sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, bass clarinet
Randy Brecker, trumpet, flugelhorn
John Clark, French horn
Tom Malone, trombone
David Taylor, bass trombone
Carla Bley Sextet
Watt/17
released 1987
recorded December 1986 and January 1987 in New York/USA
Carla Bley, organ
Hiram Bullock, uitar
Larry Willis, piano
Steve Swallow, bass
Victor Lewis, drums
Don Alias, percussion
Carla
XtraWatt/2
released 1987
recorded winter 1986/87 in New York/USA
Carla Bley, organ
Hiram Bullock, uitar
Larry Willis, piano
Steve Swallow, bass
Victor Lewis, drums
Don Alias, percussion
Swallow
XtraWatt/6
released 1992
recorded September/November 1991 in New York/USA
Steve Swallow, bass
Steve Kuhn, piano
Carla Bley, organ
Karen Mantler, sythesizer, harmonica
Hiram Bullock, guitar
Robby Amen, drums
Don Alias, percussion
Gary Burton, vibes
John Scofield, guitar
Songs With Legs
Watt/26
recorded live May 1994 on tour in France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Turkey and Great Britain
Carla Bley, piano, organ
Andy Sheppard, soprano sax, tenor sax
Steve Swallow, bass
Birds Of Paradise
supplement to the magazine "Musica Jazz" Magazine (Italy) no. 5/2000

Carla Bley, organ
no further details known
Selected Recordings
ECM Records :rarum XV
compilation, recordings 1961 - 1999

Carla Bley, piano, organ
Steve Swallow, bass
various artists

 
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