Monday, April 11, 2016

USA: Carla Bley , Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow-Andando El Tiempo (ECM 2016)

Andando El Tiempo

Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow - Andando el Tiempo
Carla Bley: piano
Andy Sheppard: tenor and soprano saxophones
Steve Swallow: bass

Andando el Tiempo features new music of wide emotional compass by NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley, and underlines her originality and resourcefulness as a jazz composer.

Saints Alive! sets up animated conversations between the three musical participants with striking statements from Steve Swallows bass guitar and Andy Sheppards soprano sax.

The stately Naked Bridges/Diving Brides draws inspiration from Mendelssohn and the poetry of Paul Haines. And the powerful three part title composition which addresses the trials and tribulations of recovery from addiction - moves through sorrow to hopefulness and joy.

The trio with Sheppard and Swallow has been an ideal vehicle for Carlas writing for more than 20 years and also provides one of the best contexts for her unique piano playing.

Like the critically lauded ECM album Trios (2012), Andando el Tiempo was recorded at Luganos RSI Studio and produced by Manfred Eicher.

It is released on the occasion of Carla Bleys 80th birthday on May 1