4 x 4

Carla Bley

CD18,90 out of print

“4×4” is the title of Carla Bley’s new album and also the name of her new octet. It’s a stripped-down version of her Big Band. Carla’s cast off three trumpets, three trombones and three reeds, but there is no loss of power. On the contrary, like other great jazz composers before her, Bley knows how to maximise her resources. This is a very big-sounding octet and the new format allows for increased manoeuvrability, as well as extended features for a stellar cast.

Featured Artists Recorded

July 1999, Rainbow Studio, Oslo

Original Release Date


  • 1Blues In 12 Bars - Blues In 12 Other Bars
    (Carla Bley)
  • 2Sidewinders In Paradise
    (Carla Bley)
  • 3Les Trois Lagons (d'aprés Henri Matisse): plate XVII / plate XVIII / plate XIX
    (Carla Bley)
  • 4Baseball
    (Carla Bley)
  • 5Utviklingssang
    (Carla Bley)