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The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu

Carla Bley

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Paolo Fresu, an Italian trumpet player with a pure and lovely tone, joins Carla Bley and her group on this 2007 release. Bley is one of jazz’s finest composers and arrangers, and the album’s centerpiece, “The Banana Quintet,” is yet another example of her excellent work. Appropriately enough, the piece opens by placing the guest center stage: the first notes we hear are Fresu playing brass tones that are both clean and emotive. When the band joins in, it’s clear that they — Bley on piano, saxophonist Andy Sheppard, bassist Steve Swallow, and drummer Billy Drummond — and Fresu sound great together. “The Banana Quintet” features bluesy grooves, noir whimsy, bittersweet horns, and a nice Beatles quote, but the highlight is the beautiful section called “Five Banana.” Drummond and Swallow lay down a great groove as Fresu and Sheppard take thoughtful solos and Bley’s piano weaves everything together. “Death of Superman/Dream Sequence #1 – Flying” displays the band’s gift for restraint and nuance. Drummond’s touch is feather-light, Bley’s piano is spare, Swallow’s guitar-like bass solo whispers, and Fresu’s muted trumpet and Sheppard’s sax play off each other with exquisite delicacy. The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu is one of those understated albums that sneaks up on you and becomes a favorite.

Customer Reviews

Just beautiful music !

Carla Bley is amazing . Her music on this cd is so beautiful , she has gathered great musicians , Paolo Fresu has an amazing sound . The compositions are simple , but I still I could be listening to this cd the all day and never get tired . thank's Carla !

review for wrong album

itunes strikes again... the review posted by itunes is NOT for this album, it would appear. However, the tracks sound great...

wrong album

The reviewer is describing the first Lost Chords album. I haven't purchased this one yet, but it sounds great on the previews.


Born: May 11, 1938 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Post-bop jazz has produced only a few first-rate composers of larger forms; Carla Bley ranks high among them. Bley possesses an unusually wide compositional range; she combines an acquaintance with and love for jazz in all its forms with great talent and originality. Her music is a peculiarly individual type of hyper-modern jazz. Bley is capable of writing music of great drama and profound humor, often within the confines of the same piece. As an instrumentalist, she makes a fine composer; she plays...
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The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu, Carla Bley
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Oct 26, 2007

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