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Carla Bley Big Band
Appearing Nightly

Earl Gardner trumpet
Lew Soloff trumpet
Florian Esch trumpet
Beppe Calamosca trombone
Gary Valente trombone
Gigi Grata trombone
Richard Henry trombone
Roger Jannotta soprano and alto saxophones, flue
Wolfgang Puschnig alto saxophone, flute
Andy Sheppard tenor saxophone
Christophe Panzani tenor saxophone
Julian Argüelles baritone saxophone
Carla Bley piano, conductor
Karen Mantler organ
Steve Swallow bass
Billy Drummond drums
Greasy Gravy
Awful Coffee
Appearing Nightly At The Black Orchid
Someone To Watch
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You

Recorded August 2006
Watt 33

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“Carla Bley and Her Remarkable Big Band” – as it says on the cover - recorded live at Paris’s famous New Morning club in a set of new but nostalgically-inflected material. “We couldn’t bring back the past, but this was a chance to pay our respects to the wonderful big bands and great American songwriters that dominated American popular music in the first half of the 20th century”. Warm and witty playing by all of Bley’s cast in charts that bear out Nat Hentoff’s judgement: “Her scores for big jazz bands are matched only by those of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus for yearning lyricism, explosive exultation and other expressions of the human condition.”