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Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow – Life Goes On

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This is an impressive album of new music from pianist / composer Carla Bley, whose trio with Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow is now in its 25th year. The musicians' individual relationships go back much further: bassist Swallow first recorded music by Carla in 1961. 

The album, realized in May 2019 at the Auditorio Stelio Molo Studio in Lugano under the direction of Manfred Eicher, consists of three suites. The title track begins as a stoic blues, at first melancholic, then hopeful. "Beautiful Telephones," inspired by the first observation of a US president entering the Oval Office, has much of Bley's dark wit. 

Throughout, Carla's distinctive piano, with its notes of Monk and Satie, is beautifully framed by Swallow's eloquent, elegant bass guitar and Sheppard's wistful saxophone. This trio has a unique collective sound that reflects, as The Telegraph recently noted, "musical mastery of a rare order."

"Now she [Bley] returns, alongside her trio of 25 years with bassist and life partner Steve Swallow and tenor saxophonist Andy Sheppard. In doing so, Bley presents three suites; tongue-in-cheek, full of charming cynicism, colorful and thoughtful . 'Life Goes On' in particular, with its melancholy bluesy touch that slowly veers towards hope, reveals quite a bit about their state of mind at the time. An unnamed American president and his fantasies of entering the Oval Office are the inspiration in the witty 'Beautiful Telephones', while the three of them sing a fabulous paean to the perfect call-and-response with 'Copycats'. " (Jazz thing, February / March 2020)

"... A touchingly beautiful blues album in three suites ..." (Stereo, April 2020)

Release details

Artist: Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow
Label: ECM Records
Format: LP
Units: 1
Country: Germany
Genre: Jazz


Life Goes On
Beautiful Telephones