Artist: Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow
Album: Andando el Tiempo
Release Date: 05/06/2016
Time has forever been Carla Bley‘s steady companion and creative muse. Composing and playing from a avant/classical/jazz outlook, time has allowed her ideas to stretch beyond time signatures and musical structures. Beyond world and culture. Yet dramatically imbued and colored by the same.
Having just turned 80, Bley presents us with Andando el Tiempo, a sustained, rolling ballet in the spontaneous chamber style of its acclaimed, impressionistic 2013 predecessor, Trios. Only the third disc from the trio in twenty years, saxophonist Andy Sheppard and bassist Steve Swallow parlay in and around Bley’s melodic spotlight, adding shade and light where the composer deems and they intrinsically feel it belongs. Composed of three newer works (unlike Trios where older work was re-envisioned and re-imagined) the three movements of the title piece (which translates to the passing of time) roil and harmonize through its stately, lengthy structure while “Naked Bridges/Diving Brides” reflects the promise and realities of a new bride and groom.
With each new release, it seems as though Bley is always able to continue to intrigue and command deeper listening.
– Mike Jurkovic